He’s the enfant terrible of French fashion who served as creative director of Hermès for seven years and designed Madonna’s iconic conical bra.
And now Jean-Paul Gaultier will design the stage costumes for France’s Eurovision 2018 act Madame Monsieur when they perform “Mercy” in Libson.
The acclaimed couturier approached Madame Monsieur after they appeared on talkshow 20:30h le dimanche in January.
Madame Monsieur’s Emilie revealed all to French journalist Fabien Randanne, a writer with 20Minutes.fr and one of our favourite Frenchies.
“Jean-Paul Gaultier fell into our arms in the dressing rooms! He told us he had followed us in Destination Eurovision, that he loved our look and our song. There were a lot of behind the scenes discussions and he told us, ‘If you’re happy, I’d love to dress you for Eurovision.’
“We didn’t dare believe it, but our teams got in touch. And a few days later we found ourselves in his workshops in Paris, for him to take our measurements.”
Fan of Madame Monsieur’s look – all black with pops of red – can rest easy.
“He told us, ‘I understand you have a very well defined look, we will try to work on it without distorting who you are, we will stick with what you’ve built so far,'” Emilie adds.
Fittings begin next week. The final outfits, however, won’t be seen until rehearsals in Lisbon in May.
JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER AND EUROVSISION
Gaultier has an extensive association with the Eurovision Song Contest.
He’s dressed Dana International twice, dressed Anggun for Eurovision 2012 and booked Ireland’s Jedward to walk at the Life Ball 2015 in Vienna. He also dressed Swedish comedian and TV presenter Petra Mede when she hosted Eurovision 2013.
Other Eurovision credits include Amina (France 1991) and Anna Vissi (Greece 2006).
Gaultier has also commentated on the contest, providing coverage of Eurovision 2008 for France 3, alongside Julien Lepers.
Madame Monsieur have two upcoming promo appearances at Eurovision In Concert in Amsterdam and Eurovision Spain PreParty in Madrid.