'Unstoppable' Conchita Wurst makes catwalk debut for Jean Paul Gaultier in Paris
Jean Paul Gaultier details why he decided to cast Wurst in his show’s prime spot
Published 10/07/2014 | 08:51
“I met Conchita two years ago she came to one of my couture shows,” Gaultier told The Independent post-show. “I loved her look and when I heard that she will represent Austria for the Eurovision Song Contest, I was delighted. When she won I was crazy with joy.
“I always say that beauty is difference and Conchita has shown us all that she is unstoppable. And she looks great in couture; she is a real couture woman.”
Wurst – who famously won the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest – was given the prestigious closing spot, a fashion honour usually bestowed on the designer favourite or most famous model. Previous high-profile names to have been given the same slot include Dita Von Teese and Beth Ditto.
Most non-professional models might have shown an iota of nerves for such an occasion, but not Wurst who looked pretty much magnificent; that steely, intense facial expression; those dramatic hand gestures; palms regally upturned and have you ever seen such masterfully defined eyebrows?
It’s just another addition to add to Wurst’s growing list of achievements, having become a LGBT icon since winning the Eurovision. She headlined this year’s Gay Pride Festivals in London, Madrid and Stockholm and is currently focusing on her debut album, including a mix of ballads and upbeat tracks. Oh, and she wants to win a Grammy.
Gaultier and Wurst attended the Vienna Life Ball together in May, when she out-fashioned everyone wearing an off-the-shoulder fishtail dress, before changing a sheer, metallic gown for her performance.