In March, The Style Saloniste published two fantastic articles on designer Jean Paul Gaultier and fashion illustrator David Downton.
The first includes photos by Perou; Dita modelling Gaultier archive pieces, photography which originally appeared in Flaunt magazine in 2003. Also, candid photos from Ken Fulk’s party for Gaultier during his recent visit to San Fransico.
The second includes one of Downton’s illustrations of Dita Von Teese. His Dita illustrations were puhlished in The Telegraph Magazine in 2006 and in Pourquoi Pas? in 2008.
DDS: It is such a pleasure to meet you. I’ve admired your very distinctive and elegant fashion drawings for many years. Your portraits of Paloma Picasso and Catherine Deneuve, and the lovely Dita von Teese are powerful. Who are the latest subjects of your portraits?
DD: Thank you! Can I say, first of all, that I have had the best time in San Francisco. I have Denise Hale and Ken Fulk to thank for masterminding it. From now on, I’m not leaving home without them. Regarding my recent sitters, they have mostly been to do with my appointment as Artist in Residence at Claridge’s. They include Diane Von Furstenberg, Sarah Jessica Parker, Alber Elbaz (of Lanvin) Dita Von Teese, Sir Paul Smith, Joan Collins and Denise Hale, of course. All have close ties with the hotel and the drawings will eventually go on permanent display there. No doubt we’ll get to that later.
The Style Saloniste
Artist I’m Crazy About: The Brilliant and Divine Fashion Illustrator, David Downton
For those interested in learning more about the iconic hotel, Claridges was featured in the first episode of the documentary series Art Deco Icons in 2009.
SFWeekly: Jean Paul Gaultier and Dita Von Teese Talk Couture, Tattoos, Vintage Shopping in S.F.
By Kate Conger
Monday, March 26, 2012
|Fashion icons Dita Von Teese and Jean Paul Gaultier celebrate Gaultier’s exhibition at La Grande Fete on Friday at the de Young Museum.
Known in the fashion world as the enfant terrible, Jean Paul Gaultier maintains his exuberantly youthful attitude after nearly 40 years as an haute couture designer. It’s apparent in his abundant enthusiasm for telling stories — particularly about growing up with his grandmother — as well as his consistent chuckle and his stride, which is occasionally punctuated with little skips.
SFWire: Jean Paul Gaultier Gives a Fulk
by Jennifer Raiser
Friday, March 23, 2012
There’s a new bad boy creative in town, and his name is Jean Paul Gaultier. Never mind that the deeply respected Parisian designer is 59 years young, or that he is (regrettably) here for a few days to celebrate the opening of his remarkable retrospective exhibit at the deYoung Museum. For the next little while, JPG has everyone on their leather-chap-and-cone-bra breast behavior. So San Francisco’s homegrown bad boy creative, designer Ken Fulk, took it upon himself to show ‘new’ boy Gaultier the, uh, ropes. And what a rootin’ tootin’, ropin’ ridin’ roundup it turned out to be! Staged in the very OK corral of his atelier, the former Mr. S. Leather factory on Folsom, Fulk hosted a devious dinner for 100+ extremely elegant exhibit patrons, followed by a deviant disco that included another 200 of San Francisco’s finest fashionistas and fabulistas. Somewhere between the identical twin angels playing heavy metal standards in unison on their harps, and the glittery leather boy photo ops, Fulk presented the ultimate Gaultier tribute: a fifteen-minute burlesque striptease by JPG’s impossibly luscious muse and sometime model Dita Von Teese. Resplendent in a dazzle of pink Swarovski stones, Von Teese mesmerized the seen-it-all supperclub swells with her cowboy-themed crystal chaps and paps, her sensuous shimmies reminding the revelers just why burlesque was born. The evening, and her performance, may have peaked when she straddled her pink padded mechanical bull with the crystal horns, but the wild ride of a party was far from over. When Fulk’s fabulous fete finally wound down in the wee hours, the good and bad boys and girls affirmed that THE party to go to was THIS party for Jean Paul Gaultier.
Dita Von Teese & Jean Paul Gaultier attend Al Pacino’s Wilde Salomé Premiere
Wilde Salomé Premiere, The Castro Theatre, San Fransico
Friday, March 22, 2012
Montreal Mirror (Canada) June 16 – June 22, 2011 Vol. 27 #1
Photography by Perou
Last June, Dita Von Teese was on the cover of Montreal Mirror, wearing Gaultier’s first corset dress from the Dada collection, Women’s prêt-à-porter spring/summer 1983. The issue included an article on the designer, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is an installation of the designer’s greatest work at the MMFA.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a digital or hard copy of this. Short run local magazines and newspapers can be difficult to find.