Jean Paul Gaultier paid homage to late singer and style icon, Amy Winehouse, using her image as his muse for the S/S 2012 couture collection showcased at Paris Fashion Week. His models donned the artist's signature beehive and cat-winged sixties eyeliner as they walked down the catwalk smoking cigarettes. The collection was composed of classic and seductive sixties looks with brightly coloured fitted pencil skirts, dresses and bustiers to floaty silk nightdresses.
One particular model, who was styled to look like an Amy Winehouse clone, closed the show dressed in dressed in a veil and a pale pink wedding gown, whilst the surrounding models all donned black veils for the finale.
Gaultier said, 'It is not a funeral. They are happy brides.'
However, Gaultier's controversial finale was not appreciated by everyone. The late-singer's father, Mitch Winehouse, felt that the show did not portray his daughter in a favourable light, 'We're proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste,' Mitch Winehouse told The Sun, 'It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life. That is upsetting for her family.'
Winehouse even said that he felt it was unethical for his daughters image to be lifted to sell clothes and was offended at the fact Gaultier did not consult the family first, 'No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation. This is purely about Gaultier making money, and that's wrong.'
Picture creditation- Huffington Post