Amy Winehouse‘s father Mitch is none too pleased with Jean Paul Gaultier for using his late daughter as inspiration for his recent couture show. In fact, while most of the fashion world has been lauding the show as a triumph, Mitch says the entire presentation was in very bad taste.
Mitch told The Sun that he and his family are still mourning Amy’s loss, and accused Gaultier of using his daughter’s memory for commercial gain instead of simple inspiration. Mitch said it was difficult to see pictures of the show in the same week as the six-month mark of Amy’s death from alcohol poisoning.
“To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on.”
“We’re proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste.
“It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life. That’s upsetting for her family.”
Our hearts go out to Mitch and his family, and everyone who is still mourning the loss of such a talented artist. Maybe it’s because we weren’t related to her, but we thought the Gaultier show was a stirring tribute to her memory — if one executed just a touch too soon. But Gaultier himself told The New York Times earlier this week (and sooner than Mitch Winehouse had a chance to say anything) that he wasn’t trying to create a scandal. He was trying to correct one.
“To me the scandal is that no fashion magazine did an Amy Winehouse cover. She was so exceptional in her style; how she held her body; the way she dressed, mixing pieces from different decades.”
Was it too soon to dedicate a show to Winehouse, or is a tribute to her memory appropriate? Tell us what you think in the comments — and check out a few of Gaultier’s Winehouse-inspired looks here.