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Jean Paul Gaultier Sparkles with Swarovski

International designer. Jean Paul Gaultier is celebrating the staging of exhibition spaces for two Swarovski Kristallwelten Stores Wien and Innsbruck, in a unique convergence of art and haute couture. Hannah Charlesworth (21 Sep’15)

The new installations can now be seen on the performance stage and in the glass bay windows of Swarovski Kristallwelten Store Wien and in Innsbruck in the Chamber of Wonder.

Designers such as Philip Treacy and Marios Schwab have also recently unveiled their art in these extraordinary exhibition spaces. Carla Rumler, cultural director Swarovski says: “Swarovski has always had strong ties to art, culture, and design. This has led to numerous innovations. The same applies to the close cooperation we have had with Jean Paul Gaultier for many years. We are particularly pleased with the exhibition he designed especially for our Swarovski Kristallwelten Stores Wien and Innsbruck.”

For Stefan Isser, managing director of D. Swarovski Tourism Services GmbH, the displays by Jean Paul Gaultier in Vienna and Innsbruck are yet another mosaic piece for the Swarovski Kristallwelten Stores: “Thinking and trying out new things has been the hallmark of Swarovski for generations. The joy of playing, creating, and imparting moments of wonder has always driven us. We want to make people dream, create poetry and magic.”

L-R: Markus Langes-Swarovski, Julia Langes-Swarovski, Conchita Wurst and Jean Paul Gaultier at the Vienna event

At Wien, Jean Paul Gaultier 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.

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