Jean Paul Gaultier showed his spring haute couture collection today in Paris, and to wrap up his “Indian Gypsies” theme, he sent down a couture bride with a bit of a surprise underneath–which seemed strangely familiar to us.
At the end of the runway, Gaultier’s bride lifted her skirt to reveal four children crouching beneath her. “Where have we seen this before?” we wondered, and then it hit us: The Nutcracker. Mother Ginger.
This apparently all depends on your local production (Dhani’s Seattle production never had one), but typically Mother Ginger, representing a giant gingerbread house, shows up during the second act and lifts her skirt to allow a troop of children to come dancing out.
This makes Chanel’s lesbian brides look like, well, child’s play.