Jean Paul Gaultier bowed  out of fashion on the last full day of the Paris haute couture season, with a gigantic show in a storied Paris theatre bringing down the curtains on a 50-year career in fashion. Boy George opened the action, with a rousing version of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black on a stage packed with a score of models in funky fetish looks. When suddenly, six dancers in kilts, singlets and army boots marched out like pall bearers bearing an all black coffin with giant cone nipples – recalling the legendary conical bra and corset Jean-Paul dreamed up for Madonna for her 1990 ‘Blonde Ambition’ tour. From which emerged, not the deceased, but a bride all in white, drawing an immediate roar of approval from the packed audience of 1,500 in the Théâtre du Châtelet. Testifying to his importance in fashion, there was practically a designer in every aisle – Dries Van Noten, Nicholas Ghesquière, Kenzo Takada, Clare Waight Keller, Viktor & Rolf, Christian Loboutin, Ulyana Sergenko and Ines la Fressange all joining in the standing ovation at the finale. Featuring some 150 looks, the mammoth farewell included a selection of Gaultierʼs fetish catwalkers – Yasmin Le Bon, Rossy De Palma,Jade Parfitt and Erin O’Connor – along with today’s superstars – Bella and Gigi Hadid and Irina Shayk. “For the 50th I wanted to be faithful to the themes that always obsessed me – jeans, corsets, sailors and androgyny,” explained Gaultier, who despite this being his final runway show, debuted a new line, Haute Couture Upcycling. Also working the racy dressing angle, Karen Elson in a corset dress finished with scores of suspender straps, while Shayk worked the Madonna corset, though her version also had a tuxedo on one side. Waves of applause and cheering greeted many performers, though the biggest roar was reserved for Béatrice Dalle, who smoked as she walked, and even threw the butt down on the catwalk. Earning a few loud claps from Carla Bruni who joined fellow veteran Eva Herzigová sitting second row. While Karlie Kloss wowed in a screen goddess cutaway ball gown made of plastic padding. “Everything inspires me. And that will continue with my new adventures, the best is ahead!” concluded this great 67-year-old couturier.