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Chitose Abe & Jean Paul Gaultier (source: Dazed)

I was quite excited yesterday to read that Chitose Abe of the Japanese label Sacai will be taking over the reigns of Jean Paul Gaultier’s atelier for the F/W 2020 season. Like this article in “Vogue” explains, it was an “inspired choice.”

Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was the designer’s zodiac sign. I can’t remember ever looking up Abe’s sign before, and if I did, I didn’t find anything online to confirm her birthday.

However, I went poking around the Sacai Instagram account where I discovered that Sacai held a fiftieth birthday party for its founder on November 9, 2015. The same account published a birthday greeting to Abe on November 11, 2015. Either birth date would make her a Scorpio. Furthermore, it would make her a part of my generation as she was born about eight weeks before me. For that reason, I already know a lot about her chart because we share so many outer-planet placements.

What is even more interesting to me is that she was born under the opposite sun sign of Jean Paul Gaultier. While I discuss the Gaultier aesthetic in the Pisces chapters of both of my books, the designer himself is a Taurus with a Taurus moon. All that feminine-sign energy is balanced with his natal Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in Aries, Mars in Scorpio, and Libra rising.

Without an exact time of birth (or even an exact day), I can’t really compare Abe’s chart with Gaultier’s. That’s too bad because I would like to see what else they have in common besides their appreciation for ingenious tailoring and the fascination they share with the idea of exploring gender expression through fashion.

Now that Chitose Abe is going to be under the microscope of the fashion world, maybe I’ll be able to confirm her exact date of birth and be able to look a little more deeply into her horoscope. If anyone in the fashion biz stumbles across this post and has the chance to ask Abe when she was born, I’d be delighted if you could drop me a line in the comments section or on one of my social media accounts.

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