Designer Jean Paul Gaultier Is Retiring After 50 Years
"This show celebrating 50 years of my career will also be my last. But rest assured Haute Couture will continue with a new concept," he captioned the post.
The 67-year-old is known as one of the most prolific couture designers of the last century and was responsible for some of the most talked-about runway looks of all time. He founded his eponymous label in 1982, and has been at the helm ever since. He also served as the creative director for Hermès from 2003 to 2010.
One of Gaultier's most memorable moments was, of course, Madonna's cone bra. In 2013, he told British talk show This Morning that he originally created it for a teddy bear. "I created it for my teddy bear because I have a teddy bear called Nana and because I wanted to have a doll but my parents said, 'For a boy? No no no no, a teddy bear,'" he told the hosts.
He recreated the look in 2009 for Lady Gaga to wear to the VMAs.
The over-the-top quality of Gaultier's designs have been a draw for musicians willing to push the limits of the red carpet, including Rihanna at the 2013 American Music Awards.
Musicians weren't the only ones to benefit from Gaultier's designs. Marion Cotillard famously stunned in one of his looks to accept her award for best actress at the Oscars in 2008.
While we may not see Gaultier taking the runway bow at shows in the future, he has assured us this won't be the end of Haute Couture.