On September 14 Jean Paul Gaultier – also famous as fashion’s enfant terrible – unveiled the installations he designed especially for the cubes – glass oriels in the façade of Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Vienna.
He displays highlights from his recent haute couture collections on mannequins designed especially for each location. “It’s nothing less than a love story with Swarovski. I feel like we already have children together and there are new ones to come,” says the designer. He demonstrates not only his virtuoso handling of crystal as a material, but arranges the display in his usual manner, with that typical Jean Paul Gaultier twinkle: In Vienna, for instance, he presents a mannequin in a wheelchair, and reveals it all under Marilyn Monroe's uplifted dress as she stands on a raised cube in her legendary pose from the film The Seven Year Itch. Other mannequins are displayed under the glare of neons, dressed in nothing but crystal and tattoos – one of Jean Paul Gaultier’s strongest trademarks.
Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Vienna reflect the company’s many-faceted realm: Visitors can not only marvel at the wide variety of products offered here, but also be enchanted by the Stages, where leading figures in art and design are periodically invited to express themselves.
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