Having had retired from the fashion design scene, French Designer Jean Paul Gaultier has recently decided to present couture only. However, his comeback emerged with a twist.. Revolving designers has been the trend picking up lately. The next Jean Paul Fall 2020 couture collection will be created by Japanese designer Chitose Abe, Sacai label owner, becoming the first of a series of designers to collaborate with JPG.
A new designer every season will be given the chance to ‘interpret the codes of the house and give the vision of the haute couture’, as mentioned by Gaultier..
In a statement to WWD, Gaultier said, “I am pleased that this concept will become reality now with Chitose Abe of Sacai as the first guest designer. I admire her work, we have many things in common creatively and a similar vision of fashion. I am glad to give her the complete freedom.”
This will mark Abe’s first time lending her design talents to a couture collection, having worked for a number of collaborations including projects with Birkenstocks, Beats by Dr. Dre, Uggs, The North Face, and an ongoing collaboration with Nike since 2014.
Chitose Abe commented, “I have a long-held admiration for Jean Paul’s unique vision of subversive femininity and his originality, both of which I’ve strived towards in my work since the beginning. It’s a true honor to be given the opportunity to be custodian of his house as the first designer of this project.”
Other designers tapping into the ‘moving designers’ trend will be Balenciaga; debuting Demna Gvasalia as the designer of the approaching July Couture collection in Paris this year..