Dita von Teese, Jean Paul Gaultier, Naomie Campbell and Guest attend the Fashion Dinner for AIDS at the Pavillon d'Armenonville on January 28, 2010 in Paris, France.
Fashion Dinner for AIDS - Sidaction
We get some quick thoughts about the sometimes symbiotic at other times more problematic relationship existing between fashion, fragrance and the new celebrity culture.
"But I can't help wondering whether any of this would be possible without Gaultier's hugely successful fragrances...
"His female perfume, Classique, and the men's Le Male, both distinctive for their bottles shaped like torsos and outer packaging made to look like tin cans, were launched in 1993 and are bestsellers - four bottles of Classique are sold every minute worldwide. I ask him how dependent his couture house is on perfume sales. Gaultier shrugs. 'I am not a businessman,' he says. He does admit, however, that the couture industry is in decline. 'Of course!' he says. He throws his hands in the air. 'When I first started out Hollywood stars came and tried on the dresses and had many fittings. Now they expect the dresses for free. I hear some designers even pay them to wear their clothes. It is 'opeless.'"
Read more in Jean Paul Gaultier: Classic French Cheek in The Telegraph