We blimmin’ love Jean Paul Gaultier – he’s a kilt-wearing, cone bra-inventing Eighties legend, and he’s still going strong. He’s promoting not one but two films at the moment – Pedro Almodóvar’s spooky number The Skin I Live In – for which he designed the costumes AND even more excitingly, a documentary about himself (remember when we showed you him meeting Gaga?) that was made by one of his former models and muses, Farida Khelfa.
Not only is he an absolute whizz at making couture outfits and sci-fi delights (he was responsible for the costumes in the brilliantist fashion film EVER – The Fifth Element) he seems like a lovely fella, and he embodies one of our favourite EVER character traits – i.e. he doesn’t feel the need to hold back diplomatically in interviews. Within two minutes he has defended the disgraced Dior designer, John Galliano, saying;
‘I know John a little and I must say that what he does for his work shows he is not a racist,’ Gaultier suggests. ‘It [the scandal] is something that happened and is beyond him. It's maybe because of drugs, because of alcohol, all that mixed together. I think it's also all the stress, that is enormous, about the importance of the collection... he didn't think about what he said.’
Gaultier explains a little more; ‘When you see the video, you can see it is someone teasing him... John is very talented. He has done some beautiful things for Dior. I think it is completely sad that he doesn't have his own label anymore. I think it's bad. There are some people who say and do terrible things and they are not even punished for it.’
But then! When the subject of another infamous fashion personality comes up, he is just as forthright, only in the opposite way. Anna Wintour, he claims, is ‘is a lot more monstrous than she is described [in The Devil Wears Prada]!’ And when asked whether Wintour is a positive figure, he simply replied, ‘She is a figure.’
Dear oh dear Jean Paul – we don’t know how many pages of editorial YOU’LL be getting in the next issue of US Vogue.