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Jean Paul Gaultier talks timeless fashion

Jean Paul Gaultier talks timeless fashion

Jean Paul Gaultier is "inspired" by the pieces shown as part of Musee des Arts Decoratifs' Fashion Forward: 3 Centuries of Fashion exhibit.

The Paris museum is currently showing a line of garments from the end of France's Louis XIV’s reign in 1715 to present day, as part of the building's 30th anniversary. It held a party this week (beg04Apr16) to celebrate its upcoming opening, with pieces such as a black sequined blazer, a blue and gold embroidered coat and a straight, loose silk-wool dress with delicate glass beading on display.

“There are dresses here, like a twisted, draped one by Vionnet, that I’ve only ever seen in photos,” Gaultier told at the launch party, before pointing to a floral dress by designer Jean Patou from the 1920s. “That one hasn’t aged a bit, has it? It would be perfect today. That’s really inspiring.”

The exhibition is solely sponsored by retailer H&M, which in return has created a line as part of its Conscious Exclusive range based on the decadent clothing. H&M was given unlimited access to the museum's archive while designing and the collection debuted in the French capital last month (Mar16).

Fashion star Andrew GN was also present at the party and shared how impressed he is at the quality of the affordable pieces the Swedish high-street chain are offering. The finished range required a lot of time and effort, as H&M's creative consultant Donald Schneider explained how he wanted to make an impact with the 33 items available.

“Even though this was going to be the biggest show the museum ever did, we had to find a way to make it bigger,” he said, having put together the project alongside the museum's chief curator of fashion and textiles, Pamela Golbin.

The clothes draw upon the embroidery, prints, and other aspects in the archives, with everything produced using sustainable materials. A campaign for the range is fronted by Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

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