Valentino’s finale wasn’t the only spectacle on Day 3 of Paris Fashion Week. Jean Paul Gaultier’s collection featured the shimmering wet look, including a gold sequined confection drenched by a sponge the model carried in her hand.
“Many of the dresses were as wearable as they were ingenious,” according to NYT’s Cathy Horyn. Something in her description of Gaultier’s closing scene intrigued me:
“Coco Rocha came out as a mermaid bride. At first she hobbled on crutches, then she stopped and released her tight, shimmery dress by a zipper at the hem. She walked on, two gold shells pointing like missiles from her breasts.”
I understand mermaids, Venus on the half shell — all that protean mystery — but what’s the back-story with the crutches? It sounds like a point of convergence between disability studies (think narrative prosthesis) and haute couture. Any thoughts?
About the image: Coco Rocha as a mermaid bride in Jean Paul Gaultier’s show. [Photo by Jean-Luce Huré for NYT]