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Jean Paul Gaultier’s next Couture show will be his last

The iconic designer is set to present his last ever Haute Couture collection in Paris next week

Jean Paul Gaultier has announced that his upcoming couture show, set to take place next week, will be his last. 

Making the announcement via Twitter, the iconic French designer posted a video of himself on the phone, inviting the person at the end of the line to a party celebrating his final presentation. 

“This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last,” Gaultier said in the Tweet. “But rest assured Haute Couture will continue with a new concept.”

Landing on the fashion scene with his eponymous label in 1976, Gaultier’s riotous designs and attitude earned him the title of OG enfant-terrible of French fashion, and inspired the likes of Thierry Mugler and Martin Margiela (who began his career as an intern to Gaultier in the mid-80s). 

In 2014, Gaultier scaled back his business by ceasing to show ready-to-wear collections, instead focusing solely on his Couture and beauty lines, as well as projects including his raucous cabaret show

The final Couture show as we know it is set to take place on Wednesday (January 22), with the designer adding: “The Haute Couture continues! I have a new concept, I’ll tell you about it later… All the little secrets. To be continued!”