Accompanied by a red ribbon on his chest in support of Sidaction, Jean-Paul Gaultier lent himself to the game of “questions / answers” introduced by Nikos Aliagas in the portrait of the week of the show “50’inside broadcast on TF1.
While the couturier bowed out on January 22, 2020, just a few weeks before the Covid-19 epidemic, he does not regret his decision to leave Haute-Couture.
“It was joyful because ultimately it was a choice.
I decided to stop this fashion cycle.
Fifty years of fashion is very good, but that's enough.
Afterwards, we are perhaps much less receptive and less sharp, I believe.
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And yet, the 70-year-old man continues to be present on the artistic scene with his show combining song, fashion and dance:
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“Basically, I did this job to be loved and I realized that people could love me through my drawings and then afterwards through the clothes I made.
It's the best proof of love
,” he says, smiling at Nikos Aliagas.
But this is not the only love that the couturier has known.
He found in the businessman Francis Menuge an unwavering support.
However, this fifteen-year relationship that prompted the designer to launch his own brand will suddenly end.
The man died in September 1990 of the AIDS virus.
“Sidaction touches me particularly because I am from the generation that knew Sidaction from the start.
The first wave fell on my friend, Francis, who was my companion.
, he remembers painfully.