Jennifer Saunders, whose Edina Monsoon character was famous for being the ultimate fashion victim in the Absolutely Fabulous TV series, may be adding fashion designer to her list of talents.
When she stopped by the Barbican Centre in London late last week to salute French designer Jean Paul Gaultier on the opening of his retrospective exhibit there, he claimed that they were forming a partnership.
The announcement came as the two paired up for a hilarious video for i-D Magazine. In it, Gaultier says that Saunders is his new muse and “collaboratrice in chief.” He delivers the news to interviewer Antoine de Caunes, the French actor-director who earlier teamed with Gaultier on Channel 4 for the long-running, U.K. late night series, Eurotrash. De Caunes first gained fame in Britain as the presenter on BBC2’s Rapido.
In the video, Gaultier proclaims that he and the AbFab creator will call their design team French and Saunders. His new partner helpfully explains that Gaultier chose that name because he hails from France. She then can be seen talking animatedly into a cell phone, apparently trying desperately to convince former comedy partner Dawn French that repurposing their old team name is a good thing. “I’ll cut you in, I’ll cut you in,” Saunders promises the unseen Dawn French.
Saunders leaked news of the faux collaboration a few days earlier, tweeting, “Career change. Now official Collaberatrice avec ma hero monsewer Goatier.” She also included a picture of the two wearing sailor caps.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk will be on exhibit at the Barbican Centre through Aug. 25. Among the 165 Gaultier-designed garments on display are the conical bra that Madonna wore in 1990 during her Blonde Ambition concert tour, as well as stage costumes designed for Aussie singer Kylie Minogue and for Spanish director Pedro Almodovar’s films.
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