Jean Paul Gaultier Outrages Amy Winehouse's Family

By Valerie Tejeda 01/27/12

The French fashion designer is accused of glamorizing addiction by using Amy look-a-likes on his catwalk.

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Fashion Designer Jean Paul Gaultier has caused controversy for arguably glamorizing addiction by featuring Amy Winehouse look-a-likes and designs in his Paris Fashion Week show. The Winehouse family was angered at the images of their late daughter that featured on the runway. “The family was upset to see those pictures. We’re still grieving for her loss, and we’ve had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy’s death,” Mitch Winehouse (Amy’s father) tells The Sun. “It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best, and glamorizes some of the more upsetting times in her life.” The troubled singer, who notoriously struggled with addiction, passed away last July from accidental alcohol poisoning. Gaultier insists he had no intention of being insensitive, but that his designs pay tribute to the late singer’s original style. “She was an icon of fashion and truly, the sense of how she mixed the clothes—it was great,” he says. “It is very joyous.”

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