Jean Paul Gaultier Woman fashion show spring-summer 2015

For his last ready to wear fashion show, after 38 years of groundbreaking fashion innovation, Jean Paul Gaultier asked Blanca Li to stage the election of “Miss Jean Paul Gaultier” in a large musical theater in Paris.

With Rossy de Palma as the master of ceremony , imitations of iconic fashion celebrities (Suzy Menkes),  Blanca Li staged a huge show full of humor and tongue in cheek images. Models of all ages, and especially her long time accomplice Coco Rocha, have enthusiastically entered the game.

The whole press was amazed by the show:

“Jean Paul Gaultier staged his last prêt-à-porter show ever tonight at Le Grand Rex(…). And tonight, seemingly all of Paris came out to commemorate the moment. It was gridlock for blocks outside the theater, with hundreds of gapers and almost as many crashers trying to fight their way in.

Inside it was a scene to match, with the concession stand serving up champagne and boxes of popcorn, and camera crews chasing down Catherine Deneuve and a Who’s Who of Gaultier’s designer peers, including Alber Elbaz, Rick Owens, Jeremy Scott, and Gareth Pugh. Up on the stage it was no formulaic fashion show, either. Not that we expected any different. Runway stunts are as integral to JPG’s DNA as trenchcoats and corsets; he’s had everybody from Madonna to Dita Von Teese to Conchita Wurst on his catwalk. He outdid himself here, putting on a beauty pageant complete with a judge played by Rossy de Palma parodying Madame de Fontenay, the behatted former chairwoman of the Miss France committee.

Élection​ de Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2015, as it was called, was divided into sections showcasing the designer’s most famous work. (…) Nor has Gaultier lost his notorious sense of humor. The show’s real crowd-pleaser (hey, we’re a narcissistic bunch) was Miss Rédactrice du Mode, a section devoted to magazine editors and their signature looks.

When it came time to pick a winner, the competition came down to Anna Cleveland and Coco Rocha, in Gaultier’s iconic cone-bra corset dresses. Coco won, but Anna wrenched the crown for herself, and a shower of gold confetti fell as the designer took his trademark running bow. It is the end of an era, but Gaultier went out smiling like he always does.”

All models are on Jean Paul Gaultier webpage

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