Jean Paul Gaultier bidding farewell to runway shows

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier will stage the last runway show of his career during the upcoming Paris Couture Week.

The legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media over the weekend.

"This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last," the 67-year-old wrote, referring to his haute couture presentation set to be held on Wednesday night. "But rest assured, haute couture will continue with a new concept."

In an accompanying clip, Gaultier is seen pretending to speak to a journalist on the phone, giving them the "scoop" on his decision.

“I’m going to give you a scoop. This will be my last haute couture show. My last Gaultier Paris show. You have to come, you can’t miss that," he joked. "But, but, but I assure you: Gaultier Paris will continue, haute couture will continue. I have a new concept; I’ll tell you about it later, I’ll tell you all the little secrets. But it is going to continue.”

Gaultier unveiled his first-ever collection back in 1976 and has since gone on to dress the likes of Beyonce, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna with his avant-garde designs. He is also known for creating Madonna's iconic conical bra back in the '90s.

While Gaultier will still be involved in his high-end fashion and perfume businesses, he will take a step back from designing garments. The designer stopped making ready-to-wear clothes in 2015 in order to concentrate on haute couture.

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