The Independent interviewed Gaultier in Brazil recently, where he was attending a screening of a documentary about his life and work created by filmmaker and former model Farida Khelfa. Naturally, while they were there, the paper asked Gaultier what he thought about other fashion films — and how can you talk about fashion films without mentioning The Devil Wears Prada? Gaultier says the devil the title refers to really is a devil. Really:
“Anna Wintour is a lot more monstrous than she is described!” he laughs of the 2006 film, which features Meryl Streep as a formidable fashion editor not unlike US Vogue‘s editor-in-chief, Wintour. Ask about his attitude toward Wintour and he is a little evasive. Is she a positive figure?
“She is a figure,” is all he will say.
And speaking of other fashion figures, Gaultier was careful to defend his much maligned friend John Galliano — you remember, the guy who got fired from the top spot at Dior for getting drunk and saying all those mean things about Jewish people? Gaultier says there’s no way Galliano is racist, and he had to have been egged on to say the things he said.
“I think it is completely sad that he doesn’t have his own label anymore. I think it’s bad. There are some people who say and do terrible things and they are not even punished for it.” He adds that he “loves” Galliano’s work and hopes fervently that the British designer will again have the chance to “make beautiful clothes that have enchanted so many people.”
But with colleagues like that, how can you tell who the real monsters are? Read the rest of Gaultier’s engaging interview here.