Pierre Cardin’s most famous decade, the 1960s, was the era that infused the couture of Jean Paul Gaultier.
Bold black and white looks dominated against a backdrop of psychedelic swirls, riffing on the graphic avant-garde designs that made Cardin a household name.
A circular black and white striped dress in silk crepe that captured the designer’s signature Space Age vibe led down to theatrical tights: one white, one black.
Then the bubble dress, a Cardin invention, was evoked reverentially in a bi-color gown with double face crepe that was cut into strips on the skirt.
Cardin’s designs were often used as creative starting points, and Gaultier made sure the 51 looks never felt like an archival check list.
Still, the show suffered from perhaps too many ideas – such as Asian styles, candy prints – and would have benefited from more focus. – AP
View the slideshow below for a look at some of the Jean Paul Gaultier designs.