Jean Paul Gaultier always makes a statement. In recent years, he’s bypassed waifish models and chosen to end his shows with curvaceous cultural icons like Dita von Teese and Beth Ditto. Today he stuck to form, choosing Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst to close his celebrated haute couture show in Paris.
Conchita looked like a kabuki princess dressed up as a Gothic bride. She wore a black wedding gown with matching elbow length gloves and a black veil, all embellished with red and gold accents. The dark ending suited the rather dark show. New York Times fashion director Vanessa Friedman compared the models to “1980s power vampires”.
The designer was over-the-moon to welcome Conchita to his show. Here’s what he had to say on Twitter.
— Jean Paul Gaultier (@JPGaultier) July 9, 2014
Jean Paul Gaultier at Eurovision
Jean Paul has a rich history with Eurovision contestants.
In 1998, after Dana International learned that she had won the contest, she delayed the live broadcast because she had to run backstage and change into a feathered dress designed by Jean Paul.
JP later designed DI’s hideous green sea monster outfit, which she wore in Düsseldorf. We’re not saying it led to her elimination in the semi-finals, but it wasn’t cute.
The Parisian designer is also a huge fan of Anggun, who sang for France at Eurovision 2012. He designed her dress for the contest, and she’s known to be one of his muses. She’s also a front-row fixture at his shows.
Now it seems like Jean Paul has eyes on Conchita. They walked the red carpet together at Vienna’s Life Ball earlier this summer.
So what do you think? Does Conchita deserve to be Jean Paul’s new muse? Does she have the potential to become a Top Model? Why didn’t she do better in our search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model 2014?