It was the ultimate ‘80s tribute cover band at Jean Paul Gaultier’s fashion show last week in Paris.
The fashion tour de force had Jean Paul paying tribute to pop icons of yester-yester-yester decade parading out look-a-likes from Grace Jones and Madonna to David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
It was a pin-pointed portrayal of the music industry’s du jour of ‘80s offerings that hasn’t married models with celebrity impersonation this accurately since Kevyn Aucoin’s make up book Face Forward: Karlie Kloss as Boy George, Jourdan Dunn as Sade, Jessica Stam as Madonna, Lindsey Wixson as Jane Birkin (not ‘80s, but whatever), Hannelore Knuts as David Bowie (in a more circa ‘70s Ziggy Stardust incarnation of Bowie, but again, who cares?) and others.
Each signature outfit was treated with the expected Jean Paul edge of quirkiness—a Greatest Hits of Gaultier, if you will—that closed a week of fashions on the Parisian runways with a particularly high note.
The showcase was a tribute to the “pop stars of the eighties who have influenced fashion and my fashion with their look,” explained the French designer, that will undoubtedly influence anyone who doesn’t have their costume planned for Halloween yet either.
The show notes expressed this clear laser-cut degree of inspiration, reiterating: “This show is based on facts. Any similarity with real events or characters is purely non-coincidental.”