Jean Paul Gaultier Designs Champagne Bottle

Piper-Heidsieck Champagne House and Jean Paul Gaultier are collaborating yet again. This time Gaultier has designed a seductive black bottle that offers tribute to the Cancan.

Considering the inspiration behind the bottle’s design I thought it would be interesting as well as insightful to provide a brief intro to the dance. The Cancan originated in working-class ballrooms of Montparanasse in Paris around 1830 and soon gained the reputation for being indecent. The word Can-Can in French means “scandal” and it is said to be the start of public nudity because of the bare legs above the stockings to the frilly panties and overtly sexual dance moves which at that time was considered provocative to the point of indecency. Overall the Cancan is a physically demanding high-energy dance, traditionally performed by a chorus line of female dancers that features the lifting up action and manipulation of the skirts, with high kicking and suggestive, provocative body movements.

For this edition of the Piper-Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2000 Jean Paul Gaultier coated the bottle in black satin latex and adorned the bottle with black fish netting to resemble the fishnet stockings Cancan dancers typically wear. Additional embellishments included jet black Swarovski crystals and corset detailing along the back.

The Piper-Heidsieck Brut Millesime 2000 bottle comes packaged in a deluxe suitcase featuring black lacquer with red lining and is accompanied by two crystal glasses from Schott Zwiesel. The ‘Black Cancan’ gift box is available in a limited edition and costs $499.

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