Haute Couture SS19: Jean Paul Gaultier

A LIT-UP display of neon, sequins upon sequins, and, of course, the iconic Dita Von Teese, Jean Paul Gaultier pays homage to punk with their SS19 Haute Couture collection.

In every way over the top and extravagant, Gaultier takes inspiration from 1970s and ‘80s fashion for the collection, combining the best of both eras complete with red leather, shoulder pads, and an excess of chiffon. Vividly coloured with reds, greens, blues, and oranges, Gaultier revels in post-punk fabulousness, twisting our expectations of ‘80s fashion in the most couture way possible. Moving from a monochrome colour palette to a candy shop of in your face neon, the collection is almost wonderland-like in its dreamy glamour.

Through the collection, Gaultier demonstrates the diverse possibilities of ‘80s fashion, varying from downplayed black and white pinstriped looks, to full length electric red gowns with matching perm. Showing both the understated and wildly overstated, Gaultier explores one of the greatest eras of fashion, and pays ode to some of his most memorable vintage collections.

Many of the pieces are reminiscent of mid-80s Gaultier couture pieces, in particular through the use of pinstripes and mesh fabrics, reimagining iconic vintage designs with a new contemporary edge.

One of the most stunning looks of the night was a see-through embellished mesh dress, a variation of a Gaultier dress worn by Kim Kardashian at the People’s Choice Awards. Encompassing excess, glamour, and glitz, essentially everything 80s, the dress brings the allure and enchantment we’d expect from the iconic designer.

by Emma Hart

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