|jean paul gaultier SS11 backstage/steve wood|
Jean Paul Gaultier is no stranger to runway diversity, having sent arguably the world's most high profile plus size model, American Crystal Renn, down his Spring/Summer 2006 runway in October 2005. The following year, plus-sized Paris-based American actor Velvet d'Amour made her Gaultier appearance (here is the interview I did with her at the time). Yesterday Gaultier upped the plus size ante by having no less than three plus size models on his Spring/Summer 2011 runway in Paris: Renn, Marquita Pring and Beth Ditto, the frontwoman of US indie rock outfit Gossip, who opened the show and later delivered an a cappella performance. A photographer mate, the inimitable Steve Wood, just zipped me these backstage shots of Ditto with Gaultier and some other members of his show cast, including Sasha Pivovarova and Eliza Cummins (but no sign of former Gaultier face Tallulah Morton, who is in Paris at the moment).
Check WWD for images of the entire collection: a madcap mish-mash of leather biker jackets, piped blazers and hotpants; Black Rats-like ruched leggings; harem pants in Gaultier's trademark sailor stripes; deconstructed trenches; one very Abba-worthy white jumpsuit and 3D graphic prints - the latter a cute take on the digital print uber trend.
Reviews keep referring to Joan Jett as an influence for the spiky glam mullet wigs, but to frockwriter's eye they have early 70s Ziggy Stardust written all over them - with the collection's pagoda shoulders, jumpsuits and unitards echoing Bowie's Kansai Yamamoto costumes during the same period.
With the New York Dolls popping up as muses for Marc Jacobs' own Seventies-nosed collection, we look forward to seeing the forthcoming fashion editorials that this season inspires.
all images: supplied to frockwriter by steve wood