MIDAS TOUCH: Jean Paul Gaultier has applied his signature sailor stripes to everything from furniture to a perfume bottle. It came as little surprise, then, that they are also a central feature of the silver coins he created for his collaboration with the Monnaie de Paris, unveiled on Monday night.
French actress Aïssa Maïga, photographers Ali Mahdavi and Rainer Torrado, stylist Catherine Baba and designer Betony Vernon were among guests discovering the 27 designs of the “La France par Jean Paul Gaultier” coin series displayed in the Paris mint’s headquarters on Quai de Conti.
Sailors appeared in various guises in the regional tableaux featured on each coin — from a pair of arm wrestlers representing the Basque region to a proud muscle-bound Adonis for Provence.
The “marinière” Breton top was among the iconic Gaultier pieces featured on many coin designs.
“Making money is very satisfying, although collecting coins has never been my thing — I’m better at spending,” Gaultier said. “In fashion, I’ve already extensively used French regional heritage, including the Parisienne. Transforming monuments into joyful, unexpected designs is very exciting.”
The 2017 series, part of an annual tradition that has previously featured designs by Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Baccarat, is the last for