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The artistic director at Diesel and Y/Project, Glenn Martens has been invited to design a guest collection for Jean Paul Gaultier as part of an initiative to reinterpret the French designer’s collections

Jean Paul Gaultier has welcomed a second designer to create an Haute Couture collection for the house next season. This time, it is Glenn Martens’s turn to reinterpret Gaultier’s brand DNA, using the moniker “Gaultier Paris by Glenn Martens from Y/Project”.

Martens’s appointment is the second for the brand, following the success of its collaboration with Sacai founder Chitose Abe last July. After announcing his retirement in 2020, Gaultier announced he would hand over the reins to a series of fellow creatives to reinterpret his work.

This one-off collection for the French house is the third of Martens’s current projects; he’s been transforming the image of Paris-based label Y/Project as artistic director since 2013, he took on the same role at denim brand Diesel last year.

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“Martens has proven that he has the necessary creativity for adapting to the mindset of various ready-to-wear labels, all while developing his own,” said Gaultier. “I can’t wait for January to see what he has in store for our 2022 spring/summer Haute Couture line.”
 
The Belgian designer’s own work resonates with Gaultier’s, both experimenting with avant-garde construction and blurring the lines of masculine and feminine shapes.

“Couture creations are not meant to be part of the everyday. This is art. It goes beyond ready-to-wear; beyond clothing,” Martens said. “With Gaultier, I want to celebrate my love for movement and versatility, but using more architecturally structured silhouettes.” 

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Martens has come full circle with this appointment, having previously worked for Gaultier menswear after graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
 
“Jean Paul Gaultier has really opened its doors to young creators inspired by the house’s work, whether directly or indirectly.,” said Martens. “The way they celebrate difference and openness has helped people both in France and farther afield to move beyond clichés. I am proud to be a part of that tradition.”

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