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PARIS — Jean Paul Gaultier is clearly a showman, and he displayed those talents to advantage in his dramatic spring couture presentation. But he’s also a great couturier, and he kept the theatrical elements under control in a collection...

PARIS — Jean Paul Gaultier is clearly a showman, and he displayed those talents to advantage in his dramatic spring couture presentation. But he’s also a great couturier, and he kept the theatrical elements under control in a collection that mixed samurai and tribal motifs with more traditional European elements. There were terrific, chicly tailored suits, some transformed by bold bows for a bit of drama. Here, one of them. For more on the season, see Couture Spring 2004: The Reviews section.

This story first appeared in the January 23, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.