French Model, 50, Rocks Runway in Gaultier Show

Iconic '80s supermodel makes one-off return for couture week
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2009 3:16 AM CST
French fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier follows French model Ines de la Fressange after the presentation of his Haute Couture spring-summer 2009 collection in Paris yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – French supermodel Inès de Fressange stole the show as Jean Paul Gaultier showed off his couture collection in Paris yesterday, AFP reports. The 50-year-old Fressange, an iconic model of the '80s but long absent from the catwalk, drew applause from the crowd as she appeared in a body-hugging black gown.

Gaultier said Fressange was ideal for showing off his sensual Spanish-themed designs and to demonstrate models "are not just 14-year-olds," and that there is no age "barrier to beauty." Fressange was moved by the warm reception but said the return to the catwalk was a one-off.  "This is not my job anymore," she said.