Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Here's to biting the hand that feeds

"Jean Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood challenged the adage that you can never be too rich or too thin, with ready-to-wear collections on Tuesday that were full of wit and subversion.

Some would call it biting the hand that feeds, but provocation is second nature for the veteran designers, who both started out in the 1970s punk era.

[...]

For spring-summer 2007, he was inspired by the 1980s craze for aerobics. In Gaultier's hands, this meant high-heeled sneakers, dumbbells made from disco glitter balls and an overweight model in a corset who drew loud cheers from the audience.

So much for the debate about skinny models.

'Working out and aerobics are great, but it's also great that she feels good about herself. The important thing is to feel comfortable with your own body,' he said, referring to the plus-size model. 'There is beauty in everything, not only in the very thin.'

[...]

Westwood launched a stinging attack on the trophy wives that make up a large portion of the luxury good industry's clientele.

'I am expensive. I am subsidized by all the poor people in the world. I dress as though I were a gift to unwrap. I am a rich American heiress looking for a husband,' read her acerbic show notes.

'I play with dolls, that is what fashion designers do,' she said after the show. 'But Barbie herself has got a hole in her head.'

The designer told The Associated Press she was not afraid of driving away customers with her criticism of logo-driven consumerism."

IHT: Veteran designers break the rules with subversive shows

Don't get me started on the nature of this subversion or the body image politics in Gaultier's show, but that outfit is SUPER SWEET, and Westwood cracks me up.

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