Jean Paul Gaultier to Stage Show in Beijing

Couturier is also designing costumes for the opera "The Marriage of Figaro," to premiere on June 20 at the Opéra et Orchestre national de Montpellier.

Sketch of a costume for The marriage of Figaros character Cherubino

Sketch of a costume for "The Marriage of Figaro"'s character Cherubino.

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DRAMA CLASS: Jean Paul Gaultier is to stage a runway show in Beijing on May 11 at the new Chaoyang Urban Planning Museum. About 500 people are expected to witness the fashion spectacle, a mix of Gaultier’s latest couture, ready-to-wear and men’s collections.

The show is to celebrate the French designer’s considerable presence in China, with a unit that opened last November at the Shin Kong Place mall in Beijing his latest addition. A new boutique is slated to open later this year in the northeastern city of Shenyang, bringing Gaultier’s store count in China to five.

The multitasking designer — who is slated to unveil his collaboration with Coca-Cola Light tonight in Paris — has also done costumes for a French production of “The Marriage of Figaro,” to premiere on June 20 at the Opéra et Orchestre national de Montpellier.

And if that wasn’t enough, rumor has it Madonna has asked the designer to create a costume for her upcoming tour in support of her new album “MDNA."

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