When Jean-Paul Gaultier sent out a slew of Amy Winehouse-like models at the showing of his haute couture collection on Wednesday, there’s a good chance he never even considered its potential for controversy.
After the show, Gaultier said, “She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes—it was great. It was very Eighties but we did it in a very modern way. It is very joyous.” All of which is true; the industry idolized the singer long before her death and a tribute is rarely in bad taste.
But Mitch Winehouse, who’s been quite outspoken about his daughter since she passed away six months ago at the age of twenty-seven, is fuming. Yesterday he Tweeted, “We don’t support the Jean Paul Galtier collection. It’s in bad taste. Mitch.”
However, when complaining to The Sun, he seemed more distressed over profits than bad taste. “To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on…No one asked us for permission or offered to make a donation to the foundation.”
One wonders if he’d be so upset if he knew there was no profit to made off couture.