Sunday, 30 March 2014

Thought For The Gay: Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul et ils grand-mère, Marie.
He thinks his grandmother might have steered him towards being gay. “I don’t think you are born gay. But I needed to be loved, like everyone else. And my grandmother, she lost her first child, a girl called Solange, when she was 14. And I saw some letters Solange wrote to my grandmother, and I saw that she finished them with a heart. So then, when I wrote to my grandmother, I put a heart — only because I wanted her to love me more. And maybe I reminded her of Solange. I never wanted to be a girl, but to please her and to have more love, it was the only way. She was very open-minded. When I was about 14, she gave me a book about a gay man and told me, “Read that book, and you will see — they are sick but they are nice people, be good to them.” Of course I don’t agree that gays are sick! But I think she always imagined that I could be very nice with them. At first I flirted with girls, but it didn’t go on. And later, when I was 17, 18 — because I didn’t have my first experience till I was 20 — I was thinking if Dior was gay and if St Laurent is gay, maybe if I work in fashion that means I am gay too?’

Lynn Barber meets Jean Paul Gaultier for the Sunday Times.

The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier From Sidewalk To Catwalk is at The Barbican from April 9th.

Fagburn interviewed JPG - struck me as the loneliest man I've ever met, felt I couldn't leave.

1 comment:

  1. If gay marriage is going to prompt much more drivel like this and Sewell's musings, then maybe Summerskill was right and we shouldn't have bothered.