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Film no passing fashion for Jean-Paul Gaultier

Film no passing fashion for Jean-Paul Gaultier
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For its 65th anniversary edition, the Cannes Film festival had one of France’s most famous fashion icons in the Jury: “Jean-Paul Gaultier”. He has just turned 60, after having begun his career as an 18 year-old under Pierre Cardin, since when he has dressed some of the most glamourous stars in show biz, from Madonna to Kylie Minogue and has done costumes for “many movies”.

We caught up with Jean Paul Gaultier just after the awards ceremony.

Wolfgang Spindler, euronews :
“You’re wearing a skirt tonight, but I have to say the outfits you made for the women on the red carpet were a lot sexier. Why weren’t you more daring?”

Jean-Paul Gaultier:
“Oh look, that’s not sexy? Did you look? Tell me that’s not sexy?” he says, showing off the split in his skirt.

Wolfgang Spindler:
“I suppose it passes muster, it’s smart, but the other dresses were…a lot more…they were a little more daring, here you’ve hidden everything.”

Jean Paul Gaultier:
“Well, I didn’t really come here to dress up. I came to watch movies. So I just relaxed and tried to be as comfortable as possible; I just thought of myself.”

The fashion designer had to judge 22 films in the international competition under the jury presidency of Italian film director Nanni Moretti.

Wolfgang Spindler:
“Normally you’re a man of fashion who judges women and their clothes, so now you’re judging films?”

Jean Paul Gaultier:
“I’m a real cinema fan, even if I do the job that I do. But in fact it’s cinema that led me to fashion, and one film especially, “Paris Frills” by Jacques Becker.
Judging was marvellous and painful at the same time. Painful not because of my jury colleagues, but because when I watched the Haneke I was sobbing…I was shaken, physically trembling, and that was very disagreeable.
But I loved the movie, it’s absolutely magnificent. Several other films I loved, but they didn’t win anything. I liked most of what I saw, in fact, maybe there were more films that I liked than prizes to award.”

Celebrity superstar or not, Gaultier had to follow the strict Cannes last day rules:

“They took away our mobiles this morning!” he complained. “They didn’t want us to leak the jury’s decision. 8.30 sharp they came and confiscated them!”

Wolfgang Spindler:
“Ah, trust is good but control is better…”

Jean Paul Gaultier:
“Of course, but it’s normal it’s part of the game, and you have to play the game.”

And with that Gaultier was gone, returning to Paris and taking his stardust with him. Cannes will have to make do with the sun, at least until next year.

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