Alexandre Vauthier teams up with pop icon Kylie Minogue for ”Voltaire,” a Las Vegas spectacle that redefines luxury. This partnership is more than a collaboration; it’s a creative explosion that will captivate audiences at The Venetian Resort with a couture experience that combines Vauthier’s Parisian finesse with Minogue’s electrifying stage presence.
Vauthier’s vision, honed by two years of meticulous planning with producers and creative teams, is to immerse attendees in an atmosphere of elegance from the moment they enter the venue. With more than 141 individual pieces, the studio’s dedication is evident, with some ensembles taking more than 2,000 hours to perfect.
“I wanted the audience to immediately absorb the elegance and glamour from the first step into the theater, with the couture touch always present,” Vauthier said. “We didn’t think about simple costumes, but each look is imagined as part of the conception of a whole collection.”
Vauthier continued his collaboration with Les Métiers d’Arts to design and create the costumes, building on their partnership for his regular haute couture collections. In addition, Stefano Canulli, a longtime collaborator from their days working under legendary designer Thierry Mugler, and Simon Crowhurst brought their expertise from Cirque du Soleil to help bridge the gap between Parisian chic and Vegas glamour.
Vauthier selected only the finest materials and suppliers to uphold the show’s luxurious reputation while ensuring that the costumes of the performers, including acrobats and dancers, were appropriate for their energetic routines. This care extended to outfitting Minogue, the venue staff, presenters and supporting cast. He also continued his creative journey with Alain Mikli, designing a unique pair of sunglasses.
“When I met with Kylie for this project, we immediately were in sync, yearning to bring back to life the spirit of the historic night clubs that defined nightlife culture in New York, and today happening in Vegas, with a festive and glamorous energy,” said Vauthier. “Kylie’s stage presence is as empowering as it is precious, so I wanted her to feel protected but comfortable. In French we use the word écrin, or jewelry box, which is how I think of her performances.”
For Minogue, Vauthier created three exclusive ensembles after months of teamwork and fitting sessions. One standout is a backless, fringed gown adorned with a spectrum of crystals, complemented by yellow crystal sunglasses by Alan Mikli, a design that took 2,000 hours to perfect for the stage.
Another homage was a pink faux fur coat, a nod to Liberace’s flamboyant style. Vauthier also collaborated with Giuseppe Zanotti on a red leopard-print crystal-embellished jumpsuit and matching boots, reinforcing a long-standing partnership that extends to Vauthier‘s shoe line.
“It was a great experience to work creatively with the hyper playful, casual, fun, nightlife part of my brain. Normally I am a more balanced person, so together we had to find the good tone with just a little twist of the recognizable sexy attitude which is so important to the DNA of the house,” said Vauthier.