Would Sherlock Holmes Wear a Skirt? (Jean Paul Gaultier Certainly Thinks So!)

Ranjit Rodricks , 22 Jan 2012
Jude Law as Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes inspired designs by Gaultier
Jude Law as Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes inspired designs by Gaultier

The 19th of January saw Jean Paul Gaultier, popularly known as the Enfant Terrible of French haute couture, showing his men’s collection for Fall/Winter 2012-2013, in Paris.

While his last year’s line was inspired by James Bond, this time around, the maverick designer looks towards the other legendary sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, for inspiration!

Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and a design by Gaultier for Fall/Winter 2012-2013
Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and a design by Gaultier for Fall/Winter 2012-2013

Most of the models wore the customary hat, but Holmes’s iconic walking stick didn’t make it as an accessory in this line-up.

Did he drop out from the pages of "The Red Headed League"?
Did he drop out from the pages of "The Red Headed League"?

In fact, one of the models even had reddish hair and looked like he’d dropped straight out of the pages of The Red Headed League.

However, if it’s Gaultier, you can also expect men in skirts and there were plenty of those to choose from for the coming winter season.

Arthur Conan Doyle would never have imagined Holmes in a skirt
Arthur Conan Doyle would never have imagined Holmes in a skirt

At times, the “skirts” were worn over trousers, at times they were worn long with no trousers, at times they were worn with digitally printed pull-overs and at times, they had slits at the back as well.

Macho? Or wimpy?
Macho? Or wimpy?
Try wearing this on your next trip to Paris
Try wearing this on your next trip to Paris
Yet another skirt by Jean Paul Gaultier
Yet another skirt by Jean Paul Gaultier

Here is a snippet of the show which I found on YouTube. Check it out! You may also notice a quick glance of Andre Pejic, the transvestite model, who Gaultier kisses right at the end.

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