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Butterflies take flight on Jean Paul Gaultier's Paris catwalk

Published on Jan 23, 2014 7:09 AM

PARIS (REUTERS) - Butterfly show-girls fluttered down the Jean Paul Gaultier catwalk in Paris on Wednesday, as the French designer transformed his haute couture gowns into delicate ethereal creations with silky wings in multicoloured hues.

Never one to eschew drama, Gaultier added volume to sleeves and collars, bodices and skirts to create magnificent, light-as-air wings in silks, organzas and crisp cottons for his Spring/Summer 2014 collection.

During a trip to London, mounted butterflies in a shop caught the designer's attention, fuelling his imagination, he said.

"I was thinking about colours and fabrics and what they could be and then I kept seeing the shape (of the butterfly) and saw that it could be a body - everything was like a dress,"Gaultier told reporters after the show at his design studio.

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