Jean-Paul Gaultier will design Madame Monsieur’s Eurovision costumes.
French broadcaster France2 has revealed that famous fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier will design the clothes Madame Monsieur will wear on the Eurovision stage next month. Jean-Paul has designed multiple costumes for Eurovision participants in the past, such as Anggun (France 2012), and Dana International’s iconic feathered dress, which she wore during the reprise of her winning song “Diva” at the 1998 contest.
C’est Jean-Paul Gaultier, grand passionné et connaisseur de l’#Eurovision, qui signera la tenue de scène de @MadameMonsieur à l’occasion du Grand Concours de l’Eurovision 2018 à Lisbonne !
(Crédit photo : Peter Lindbergh) pic.twitter.com/q7nraVwCSg
— Eurovision France ???????? (@EurovisionF2) April 11, 2018
Emilie and Jean-Karl (Madame Monsieur) stated:
Jean-Paul Gaultier told us:” I understood very well that you had already defined a look, we will try to work on it without distorting what you are, we will stay sober, which resembles you, in the lineage of what you have built up so far. We have a great respect for him: he has not tried to impose himself as Gaultier, he wants to maximise our potential while respecting what we are and it’s great.
Madame Monsieur were selected to represent France in Lisbon following their national selection process “Destination Eurovision”. The selection process was the largest that France has held for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past decade, with two semi-finals held before the final eight took to the stage in Paris.
Source: Eurovision France
France was one of seven countries to participate in the first Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. Since then they have participated in every contest aside from 1974 and 1982. Their withdrawal in 1974 was caused by the death of President Georges Pompidou, while 1982’s withdrawal was a result of TF1 declining to enter the contest. France has won the contest on five occasions, the most recent being in 1977 when Marie Myriam performed “L’oiseau et l’enfant”. France’s best result of the 2000s came in 2001 when Natasha St-Pier finished 4th in Copenhagen, Denmark.