After a month from the last couture show, when Jean-Paul Gaultier announced it would have been the last show and collection, another big news hit the fashion industry today. In reality, the brand will not cease its activity but every season there will be a guest that will interpret the couture codes of the Maison. Japanese Chitose Abe from the house of Sacai will be the first designer invited by the French Maison to cover the role of Creative Director. She will envision a new look to the haute couture that will be presented in July 2020. Jean-Paul Gaultier doesn't need any introduction, he is the iconic French couturier that wrote among the most relevant pages of the history of fashion.
The brand Sacai started in 1999 in Tokyo, after Abe worked at Junya Watanabe and Comme Des Garçons. In 21 years, the brand has become one of the leaders of the new wave of Japanese fashion and well renewed all around the world – with other collaborations that include Nike and Moncler. “The idea of different designers interpreting one Haute Couture brand came to me in the nineties for a Parisian Haute Couture House who found itself without a designer. I am pleased that this concept will become reality now with Chitose Abe of Sacai as the first guest designer. I admire her work, we have many things in common creatively and share a similar vision of fashion. I am glad to give her the complete freedom,” stated Gaultier.
“I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul's unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning. It’s a true honour to be given the opportunity to be the custodian of his house as the first designer of this project,” explained Abe.
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