Jean Paul Gaultier por The New Yorker (y por Jean Paul Gaultier)

Cuando uno se ha ganado durante toda la vida el título de ‘enfant terrible’ de la moda, es difícil quitarse ese sobrenombre aunque uno tenga 59 años y haya dejado hace tiempo la juventud atrás. Es el caso de Jean Paul Gaultier, que en un perfil en profundidad publicado por The New Yorker y firmado por la periodista Susan Orlean hace un repaso exhaustivo a su carrera profesional y a su evolución personal desde que empezó a interesarse – hace muchos muchos años – por el mundo de la moda. En ‘Fantasyland. Jean Paul Gaultier’s inspirations’, la escritora retrata a Gaultier con grandes historias y pequeñas anécdotas.

“Jean Paul’s favorite thing in the world is sugar,” his communications director, Jelka Music, told me later. “No, no, that’s not true. Couture first, sugar second.”
«In 1996, Gaultier says, he met with Bernard Arnault, the chairman of the fashion conglomerate LVMH, which owns Dior, Fendi, Givenchy, and Céline, among other brands. Gaultier thought that perhaps he would go to Dior, which was looking for a new head couturier. But Arnault wanted John Galliano, who had been a success at Givenchy, where he had spent the previous year, to take over Dior, and, according to Gaultier, Arnault wanted him to take Galliano’s place at Givenchy. Gaultier was dismayed. “I thought Givenchy was very bourgeois,” he said. “I loved Saint Laurent, Dior, Cardin. Givenchy was not a dream of mine. So I told Mr. Arnault no, I was not dreaming of Givenchy.”