After sending men in turbans and jodhpurs down the runway for his Fall/Winter 2013 collection, Jean Paul Gaultier takes inspiration from South Asia once again in his Paris Couture Show for Spring 2013.

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Gaultier is certainly not the first to be inspired by Indian design, fabrics and colours. Marchesa, Chanel, Hermes, Manish Arora at Paris Fashion Week, Balenciaga, Armani, Galliano, and Badgley Mischka have all worked with Indian design, whether it’s fabric, embroidery or draping and cuts. So does Jean Paul Gaultier’s couture collection rise to the challenge?

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Inspired by Indian gypsies and Rajasthan, the collection incorporates sheer fabrics, patchwork, beading, thread embroidery, layers of colour and digital prints with an “exotic” feel. Signature Gaultier details like the conical bra made appearances among layers of white and soft pink tulle – a contrast to the jewel tones seen throughout the show.

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The collection has some highlights: a flared white tunic with palazzo pants, a scaly golden trench, metallic harem-style pants, a metallic printed sheer jacket with matching trousers, patchwork pants, and beautiful striped blouses and gowns. But the piece that seemed questionable was the finale bridal gown (see above images). The model carried a brown baby doll in a backpack and later lifted her gown to reveal little South Asian girls who ran out and danced on the runway. Spectacle? Genius? Rubbish? We want to hear from you in the comments section.

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Photography Source: Yannis Vlamos, GoRunway.com and Vogue.com