Jean Paul Gaultier’s

At the Paris Haute Couture show last week, celebrated French designer Jean Paul Gaultier had his last runway show. After an incredible 50 year career, his Spring 2020 Couture Collection celebrated Gaultier’s historic career values, showcasing more than 200 looks in front of an enraptured audience at the Théatre du Châtelet. As the world celebrates his 50 year career, Dress to Kill reflects on his latest collection and his inspiration to the magazine. 

By Luisa Tarantino

The collection features all of the Gaultier’s classics, from Breton-striped shirts, conical bras, and embroidered jeans, among his many other iconic looks, representing a true culmination of his career. In honour of this last couture show, Gaultier held an open casting call, meaning a slew of fresh new faces walked the runway, from megastars like Gigi Hadid and Dita von Teese to Canada’s very own ‘Sexy Santa.’ A star-studded event,  the show was more than just that – it sought to showcase that which is important to Gaultier – joy, humanity, imagination, and of course, diversity. Decked in pieces that pay an impeccable homage to Gaultier’s many iconic styles, the show was a celebration and a party, as Gaultier wished it – a final, beautiful adieu.

For Dress to Kill, Gaultier serves as an undeniable inspiration. In 2011, Dress to Kill Magazine had the pleasure of dedicating an issue to Jean Paul Gaultier, in celebration of Montreal’s Musée des Beaux Arts’ exhibition on his career. Not only are we inspired by him, but we have the privileged opportunity of having an amazing relationship with the iconic designer, and are lucky to call him a supporter of the magazine. Even more, Jean Paul Gaultier loved Québec, and we love him back. Below, we share our Summer 2011 Cover with Jean Paul Gaultier, as well as a quirky, loveable postcard that Gaultier sent us.


The Summer 2011 Jean Paul Gaultier Cover


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A postcard Jean Paul Gaultier sent to Dress to Kill Magazine in 2009


Creative direction Sylvain Blais
Photography Nelson Simoneau
Styling Fritz
Hair & make up Nicolas Blanchet
Special thanks to Stephane Leduc,Thierry-Maxime Loriot,
and Musée des Beaux Arts de Montreal for making this unforgettable friendship happen.


Written on: January 27, 2020