Jean Paul Gaultier revisited the “golden age” of the silver screen goddesses in his Fall 2009 haute couture show in yesterday in Paris. His models were made up as true stars with Joan Crawford or Greta Garbo eyebrows and Marilyn Monroe or Clara Bow lips, or else wore their hair in the style of Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth, Catherine Deneuve, Joan Crawford and Claudette Colbert.
Film soundtracks and snatches of dialogue (“Have you got a light?”), punctuated the music, as the models graced the runway in shimmering, silver slinks worthy of Jean Harlow; sequinned pinstripe "gangster" trouser suits, in the manner of Edward G. Robinson, accessorised with miniature "Homberg" hats“Barbarella” corsetry; “Blonde Bombshell” glamour gowns in velvet with fur coats trailing; and Hitchcock-style tailored suits, trimmed with mink (poor minks =( wish he had left them alone).
The movie theme was echoed on the backdrop, laid out as a film set with lights and cameras, and in dresses and thigh-high boots, printed with film stills or else fashioned from rolls of black and white negative.
In the finale, the bride appeared against a backdrop of famous Hollywood faces, each one, in turn, projected on to her own face.
I really loved the Hollywood theme of this collection, it really brought some fabulous life to the couture shows, the classic looks are so timeless with stunning shapes which are flattering on all.