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Jean Paul Gaultier Covers Libération in Newspaper


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All the news that's fit to wear? Jean Paul Gaultier on the cover of Libération.

What's black, white, and read all over? Jean Paul Gaultier, apparently.

The French designer appeared on the June 14 cover of French newspaper Libération wearing nothing but a few carefully stitched-together back issues (with a nice flash of leg!).

Though designing slinky sheer-paneled couture wedding gowns is more his speed, Gaultier—soon to be honored with a retrospective at The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts—swapped fine fabrics for old newspapers to dress the publication's staff for the special issue.

Photographed by Patrick Swirc, journalists, receptionists, and accountants alike modeled newspaper versions of the designer's most famous creations, from a Madonna-style conical bra and evening dresses to a trench coat and Native American headdresses.

"We won't be Photoshopping the images," Gaultier told the paper. "We don't need to because they're all going to be great ... when a picture is good it captures only beauty, so there's nothing to worry about."

Oh, we don't know. Paper cuts come to mind ...

And check out the below video for a behind-the-scenes look at the print-heavy photo shoot.

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