French designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, the flamboyant creator, has been bowing out to mark his 50 years in the business.
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"Rest assured haute couture will continue with a new concept," said the designer, who famously invented the "man skirt" and put Madonna in a conical bra.
"I have a new concept. I will tell you about it later, all the little secrets. To be continued! Kisses, kisses."
Gaultier stopped designing ready-to-wear clothes in 2015 to concentrate on haute couture extravagant handmade clothes which only the world's richest women can afford.
A spokeswoman for his brand told the designer would be back, but like the veteran Japanese creator Kenzo, who has moved into interior design, it would be in other areas.
It might be just a matter of time when his works will be considered art, and not just groundbreaking fashion design.
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