Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture 2012
A model presents a creation by French designer Jean Paul Gaultier as part of his Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2012 fashion show in Paris January 25, 2012. Reuters

Amy Winehouse's father has accused Jean-Paul Gaultier of cashing in on his daughter's death after the designer launched a tribute to the tragic singer at Paris Fashion Week.

Mitch Winehouse blasted the French designer, whose show mimicked the Rehab singer's love for 1950s fashion and used models dressed in the style of the late singer just six months after she died.

Gaultier made a monumental fashion faux pas with his Amy Winehouse-inspired spring/summer 2012 collection, which came complete with beehive hair-dos, exposed bra straps, and even cigarettes. Rehab was the soundtrack for the show, reinforcing the message.

Her father said that his family were shocked by the tribute and branded it "bad taste".

He told the Sun: "The family was upset to see those pictures, they were a total shock.

"We're still grieving for her loss, and we've had a difficult week with the six-month anniversary of Amy's death."

He also hit out at the designer for using his daughters iconic image to sell clothes without his consent.

"To see her image lifted wholesale to sell clothes was a wrench we were not expecting or consulted on," he said.

He said the fashion house had not offered a donation to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity he set up.

"We're proud of her influence on fashion but find black veils on models, smoking cigarettes with a barbershop quartet singing her music in bad taste.

"It portrays a view of Amy when she was not at her best and glamorises some of the more upsetting times in her life."