Cannes 2012: Jean Paul Gaultier Appointed to the Jury

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The style element at the film festival just went over the top with the appointment of the famed avant-garde French designer.

Jean Paul Gaultier is having a very good spring. His spring collection for 2012 was lovely, but besides that, a major exhibition of his work and clothes opened at San Francisco's De Young Museum in March, to great acclaim. And that exhibition will travel after the summer, possibly ending up in New York at the end of its run. The exhibition has some incredibly modern elements: mannequins speaking and even singing (via projection); fashion runway video inspersed with fashion photography; and lots of looks at costumes JPG has designed for films by Pedro Almodovar and Luc Besson and Peter Greenaway.

Most Americans don't know that Gaultier (as opposed to singer Gotye) also hosted a French cultural TV show for a number of seasons. Like Karl Lagerfeld, the man has an encyclopedic brain when it comes to pop culture and entertainment.

Now he will sit on Cannes' jury with Diane Kruger, Ewan McGregor and director Alexander Payne -  all of whom add up to a body that should make some interesting choices. Kruger will provide the high-style moment here, and no one loves to wear gowns by Chanel and Jason Wu more than the actress. But this year, we have a feeling some Gaultier couture will slip into her wardrobe.

And JPG's wardrobe itself will be a wonder, as this is the man who invented skirts for men (kilt-like black ones - very strong and fierce), and his mens' clothes are as much a wonder to behold as his women's line. All in all, this promises to be a very fashionable Cannes!!!!!!!!!