Jean Paul Gaultier's Spring/Summer 2007 haute couture collection at Paris couture week clearly borrows from art and religion. His newest collection has a fabulous Byzantine feel and the 'halos' around his models are remniscient of early depictions of christian art in stained glass windows and paintings.
The couture faithful at Jean Paul Gaultier may not have literally expected a full religious experience, but that's what they got, complete with a large puff of incense and a visitation by the saints. From first to last, every model wore a halo. Their faces were painted like plaster statues, their garb inspired by the vernacular devotional art found in local churches throughout the Catholic world.
What looked like monastic hoods and nunlike wimples were, in fact, integral stoles that spiraled from the back of a chic black dress or a pair of pants (revealing some sexy slices of skin on the way). Lace and crochet-work commonly used to decorate shrines were remade into formfitting gowns.
the colors—faded pinks, cobwebby gray, and Madonna blue—were lifted from hand-tinted holy cards and stained glass.