“Dacadent Dandy”—Inspired by the scandalous French novelist, George Sand, best known for her defiant cross-dressing and smoking in public during the mid-nineteenth century—Jean Paul Gaultier’s fall 2012 haute couture collection was a brilliant mixture of masculine and feminine looks. Channeling the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, Erin O’Connor opened the show complete with a top hat, tuxedo, cane and Sand innuendos.
Filled with theatrics galore; flappers paraded down the catwalk in corsets, top hats, jumpsuits, fur coats and tuxedos encapsulating all that is Paris. Tailcoats were a repetitive theme, popping up in crocodile, colors and on both male and female silhouettes. Gaultier’s incredible craftsmanship was showcased in the form of exquisite embellishment, metallic patchwork and opulent, tiered fur pieces. Black anchored the collection with bursts of yellow, gold, purple, coral and absinthe. The finale—a wedding gown that blended masculinity and femininity in the form of tailcoats on the front of the bodice. Grinning like the Cheshire cat, Gaultier closed the show hand-in-hand with his bride. His collections are as vibrant as his personality and that is why we love him!
Written by: Stacie Fleming
View the entire collection below…
Images courtesy of P. Stable