by Maria Moran
Coming at the heels of Jean Paul Gaultier’s Capsule collection released November 2016, C. Madeleine’s is launching their own Capsule wardrobe encasing some of the designer’s best work. Capsule, a term born in the 1970s, is a collection of a few essential items that don’t go out of fashion. These essentials can be complemented with seasonal pieces for an added flair.
Artist Elizabeth came into the shop (all the way from Belgium, by the way) with two suitcases filled with magical items that one could only dream of viewing in person. Sister’s of these articles having been displayed in Gaultier’s traveling fashion exhibit earlier in the decade. Items that mesmerize by their perfect tailoring, bold details and rich colors.
Elizabeth H. was often invited to attend fashion shows presenting Gaultier’s latest collection. Living only two hours away from Paris by train, she became a follower from the release of his first collection in 1976. As she remembered her childhood it’s obvious she’s had a love for fashion since her early years. An artist herself, she states “ My taste in clothes reflect my creative work. Clean, definite, lean”. Her collection consist of pieces from 1977 until 2010. Timeless pieces belonging in the “Hommage a L’Afrique ”, “Les Tatouages,” (Spring 1994) and the famed 1993 “Chic Rabbis” collection. Each creation being years old but still giving off the idea that it was made yesterday.
Known as the Enfant terrible of French fashion, Gaultier takes inspiration from the changing world around him. Though he never had formal training in the fashion world he managed to impress Pierre Cardin with his sketches, who took him on as an assistant in 1970. He continued working with various houses even after launching his own design house in 1982. Credited with producing Madonna’s infamous cone bra, the singer became a fan and would often be seen wearing his designs in unconventional ways.
Elizabeth remembers sitting across from Madonna during a runway show. Laughing, she mentions wearing the Belt Strap Dress to her son’s Bat Mitzvah later seeing Madonna strutting down the catwalk wearing the same dress backwards showcasing her bare breast to the world. But the singer wasn’t the only person Elizabeth encountered at the shows. She recalls having a long conversation about reincarnation with French designer, Paco Rabanne and encountering Gaultier himself who graciously told her his designs looked fantastic on her.
Elizabeth considers him different from other designer’s stating his innovation made each collection unique and unalike the ones before. Gaultier vintage pieces are available to take home, giving you the chance to relive the runway. We at C.Madeleine’s can only feel greatful that Elizabeth, among all Vintage stores in the world, has chosen us to represent her state of the art collection.
“Fashion is about what you look like, which translates to what you would like to be like” -Jean Paul Gaultier