One of our Creativity Works: Fashion participants, Shanté Stephens, shares her Paris experience with us

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Last Wednesday saw me and my cohort on the Creativity Works: Fashion course head to Paris for the day, to watch the Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture fashion show. It was a very exciting trip as we travelled on the Eurostar and also got to meet Jean Charles de Castelbajac at his studio. This was a once in a life time opportunity, as we were given a tour of his archive closet and he spoke to us about his story and pursuing our goals. He mentioned that we must find our style – from what colours; stitching; shape and materials we want to predominately use in our pieces, and to make it our signature. One key note he mentioned was that we must be proud of our differences. This is very important as we are all striving to be the best in various careers, we must find what makes us unique and enhance it.

The main event of the day started late, typically. But as we had time before the fashion show started, we took this opportunity to mingle with people and network. There were all kinds of people in the audience- models; actors; and bloggers galore. I thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere.

As the show began, the lights went dim, and then what happened next was twenty-five minutes of pure amazement. We were all in awe of every new outfit that came out, as they were all practically perfect. Jean-Paul Gaultier’s theme this year was vampires and this was evident in the show-from the hair, to the colours, to the theme to music, I was given the sense of fashionable vampires through it all. Fabulous.

That wasn’t all though. After the show, we were given the opportunity to meet him, which was an exclusive opportunity. Though it was brief, we were able to get pictures with him and talk briefly. I even gave him one of my business cards! Let’s hope he checks out my blog.

All in all, I had a fantastic day as I not only did I meet, Jean Charles de Castelbajac and Jean Paul Gaultier but also Anna Wintour. My mind was well and truly blown.

I would like to thank everyone who made this opportunity possible. This course thus far has taught me a lot about the fashion industry, the many avenues in it and most importantly, perseverance.

Shanté Stephens.

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