Jean Paul Gaultier's muses reflect on his iconic career moments

Karen Elson

Jean Paul Gaultier's model muses have reflected on some of their favourite memories from his decades-long career.

Last week, the legendary French designer announced his retirement plans in a statement posted to social media, and on Wednesday night, he held his final couture presentation as part of Paris Couture Week.

But prior to the spectacle, some of Gaultier's go-to models took to Instagram to honour his work and designs, with Karen Elson posting a video of the "mildly scandalous" advert she shot for the Classique perfume in the early 2000s.

"Jean Paul Gaultier will always have a piece of my heart. When I was a teenager, I would stay up late and watch the show Eurotrash which he was the host, it opened up the door to me to the counterculture were all those who didn't fit in found a place to call home," she wrote in the caption. "As a designer Jean Paul welcomed me with open arms and always made me feel beautiful in his spectacular runway shows. Bravo Jean Paul! Thank you for inspiring so many of us."

Carla Bruni uploaded a slideshow of images showing her walking the runway during various Gaultier presentations and added: "Doing his shows was always a great joy and a great honour."

Meanwhile, fashion editor Carine Roitfeld posted a snap of herself and the 67-year-old and wrote in the caption, "50 years of career. 35 years of friendship. Congratulations."

Elsewhere, burlesque performer Dita Von Teese recalled her appearances in the fashion star's shows and noted that she will always be thankful to Suzanne von Aichinger for introducing them.

"I can't believe this will be the final @jpgaultierofficial #hautecouture show. I'm so grateful to have been part of the story," the 47-year-old added.

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