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Madonna mingles with Gaultier’s Greek goddesses

French designer Jean Paul Gaultier showered pop icon Madonna with white rose petals on Wednesday at the end of a spring-summer haute couture collection that was inspired by Greek mythology and culture.
Models wearing outfits named Poseidon, Athena and Midas weaved around chairs clustered as Greek islands. Glass lanterns hung overhead which Gaultier said resembled those of Orthodox churches. Hairstyles were piled high or fell almost to the floor.
Parthenon was a jacket cut away to look like a column, embroidered with antique wire over a tight silk skirt. Cyclops was a long tunic with trousers covered in black organza petals.
“It’s a marvellous country with a big culture and I go there quite often and one day I knew would need to do a Greek collection,” Gaultier said.
After the final wedding dress, a huge ruffle joined onto a skirt with strings of pearls, Gaultier came running out with rose petals for his old friend Madonna.
“I’m excited, I’m really in love more with her. I’m very happy that she came,” he said.
Madonna was wearing a black jacket and skirt sat next to Spain’s top flamenco dancer Joaquin Cortes.
French actress Catherine Deneuve was also there.
“It was so beautiful. Such extraordinary colours, classical, and refined and very structured as well. A superb collection,” Deneuve told Reuters afterwards.
Gaultier’s show was the penultimate one of three days of haute couture collections in Paris. The outfits are made-to-measure and cost thousands of dollars, so there are only estimated to be between 200 and 300 clients in the world.
The dresses can take weeks to make and Gaultier said some were finished only just in time.
“It was almost a Greek tragedy … some arrived three minutes before,” he said.
Lebanese designer Elie Saab was the last event on the official calendar.
His models walked out to the tune of Erotica, a song by Madonna, in romantic glittery gowns with bows and tulle skirts. The audience was filled with potential clients from the Middle East, including many princesses.
The final bride wore a bustier dress with a 3.5-metre tulle train with latticework embroidery of pearls, silk and organza flowers and iridescent sequins.
source : reuters