Coco Rocha recalls favourite Jean Paul Gaultier runway moment

Jean-Paul Gaultier and Coco Rocha

Coco Rocha has named the time she walked the runway with her daughter Ioni Conran as her favourite Jean Paul Gaultier moment.

The Canadian model made a splash in the fashion world when she did an Irish dance down the catwalk to open the French designer's Scottish Highlands-inspired fall/winter 2007 spectacle.

But while Rocha often reflects fondly on the event, in a post on Instagram ahead of Gaultier's final show as part of Paris Couture Week on Wednesday night, she noted that her most special show was when she was joined by Ioni, then aged two, in January 2018.

"People ask me what was my favourite Jean Paul Gaultier runway moment which is kind of an impossible question because I'm so lucky to have been a part so many amazing ones," she wrote. "For me, the most special runway was in 2018 when I walked couture with my daughter @ioniconran who was 2 at the time and pregnant with (my son Iver Conran) also. It's a story I know I'll be talking to Ioni about in 15 years, and my grandchildren in 30 years."

In a separate post, Rocha opened up about how people still ask her about what it was like to Irish dance in a Gaultier show. And she revealed that the fashion icon left her to choreograph a number merging elements of Irish and Scottish dance.

"I'd walked in quite a few fashion shows before, but this was the first time I'd done any kind of special 'performance'. Would people like it or think it was bizarre? Would I, blinded by lights, leap right over the edge of the catwalk into Anna Wintour's lap on the front row? I had no idea," the 31-year-old remembered. "The dance was a big success, I didn't fall off the runway and @voguemagazine magazine later named it the 'Coco Moment'. I think people were just so surprised to see me do such an obscure dance down such a very, very long runway."

Coco referenced that moment at Gaultier's final show on Wednesday, when she performed a similar dance down the catwalk.

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