Jean Paul Gaultier Fires Back At Fashion Critic: ‘Learn Your History’

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In a world where Twitter rants reign supreme, open letters seem to be in short supply. Bringing back the classiest of trash-talk vehicles, is Jean Paul Gaultier who’s taking aim at Tim Blanks for the critic’s unfavorable review on of JPG’s purring Fall 2013 haute couture show.

As a refresher, Blanks called Gaultier “the one true heir to the throne of French fashion,” but said that “was once upon a time, and that time has, sad to say, well and truly passed.” The French designer hits back, accusing the writer of being a fashion neophyte who simply doesn’t get his references. Here’s the letter he sent to the world (via Twitter, of course):

Dear Tim,

Once upon a time you liked my shows “but that time has truly passed” and I respect it. But the Tim I knew before would never have made the attacks that are more personal than proffesional [sic]. I always had girls in my shows from different social strata, treating someone as down-market is cheap.

In future, rather than be bored at my shows, you can use that time to do something else, for example brush up on your fashion history so you’ll kow that “mille feuille de mousseline” didn’t echo Saint Laurent, it was inspired by a Nina Ricci dress from 1967 in homage to Gerard Pipard who recently passed away.

If you’re nostalgic for the time when I was considered the one true heir to the throne of French fashion please buy a ticket for my exhibition now in Stockhold [sic] and soon in Brooklyn and London. Good Visit.

A former yours in fashion
Jean Paul Gaultier

While fashion’s never short on drama, tiffs are taken to a new level in the social media age and we think that all parties should reconsider public priss-fests before letting the claws come out.

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