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Jean Paul Gaultier kicked off his haute couture show in Paris on Wednesday turning fashion on its head with a wedding gown – usually reserved as the final look – worn by a model with curlers in her hair.

Granted, the curlers were arranged in a chic bouffant atop the model’s head, and took nothing away from the elegance of the diaphanous silk tulle gown.
Set to a 1980s pop soundtrack that teased out Billy Idol’s “White Wedding”, the collection for Spring/Summer 2015 retained the French designer’s characteristic humor and irreverence.
Black satin, snakeskin, crinoline – all the mainstays of Gaultier’s repertoire were mixed into this 61-look, mostly black and ivory collection that never felt trashy or out of date.
The surprise finale was ex-supermodel Naomi Campbell wrapped up in what looked like shiny clear wrapping paper, a garland of orchids and ferns setting off the look.

France’s ex-first lady, singer and former model Carla Bruni Sarkozy sat in the front row, along with Catherine Deneuve, Dita Von Teese and Conchita Wurst, the bearded former Eurovision winner sporting a plunging neckline and perfectly coiffed hair.

Gaultier, whose brand is owned by Spanish perfumer Puig, put on his last ready-to-wear show in September in order to focus on haute couture, special collaborations, and perfume.

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