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A drag queen bride for Gaultier

PARIS – Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst on Wednesday closed Jean Paul Gaultier's haute couture show at Paris fashion week, resplendent in a black and red vampire-themed gown.

Gaultier said he meet the bearded Austrian transvestite two years ago, joking that he voted for the singer 73 times by text in May's Eurovision song contest.

"She is bringing in a new genre -- a man with a beard with... virility, but a great femininity," he said.

"It's an incredible mix. It's an act of courage and beauty to live her life the way she wants to live it," he added.

On the penultimate day of the haute couture collections for autumn/winter 2014/15, Gaultier drew applause with looks including a completely transparent dress with just strips of blood red Swarovski crystals strategically placed to preserve the model's modesty.

Gaultier said he had tried to scale back his usual use of colour.

"It was good because for one time I didn't do so much colour," he told reporters backstage after the show.

"I did the black because of the black darkness etc, the white because of the innocence, of course a cliche, (and) the blood of course (was) the red," he said. – Sapa-AFP

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