Jean Paul Gaultier has announced via Twitter that his next couture show, which is scheduled to take place on 22 January, will be his final catwalk spectacular.
“This [spring/summer 2020] show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last. But rest assured haute couture will continue with a new concept,” said the designer.
The legendary French couturier, who founded his company in 1976, shuttered his ready-to-wear and menswear lines in 2014, citing the frenetic treadmill of the fashion industry as the reason. He opted out of the endless merchandising, commercialization and marketing that comes with creating 16 collections per year in order to focus on his profitable couture line, as well as his creative work in the fields of theatre and film.
This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last. But rest assured Haute Couture will continue with a new concept. pic.twitter.com/PJCC53K4tm
— Jean Paul Gaultier (@JPGaultier) January 17, 2020
A firm fixture on the couture calendar since 1997, Gaultier has always brought an alternative lilt to the high-fashion landscape and marched to the beat of his own drum. For his last autumn/winter 2019 collection, which centred around the construction of a hoodie, Gaultier dipped into his storied archive and upcycled select pieces. A soundtrack of ’80s hits, including Salt-N-Pepa’s “Push It”, also suggested the one-time enfant terrible was feeling nostalgic.
What will a culmination of five decades of master tailoring, fabulously camp and sometimes shocking Jean Paul Gaultier hold? One heck of a party, that’s for sure.