PARIS — Thierry Mugler, known for his futuristic aesthetic, is the latest designer to apply his talents beyond the realm of fashion.
Mugler, whose fashion business was shuttered by Groupe Clarins in 2003 after heavy losses, has been enlisted to design the interiors of the Gentry Eagle, a motorboat that holds several speed records.
The deal is the first of a string of designer tie-ups for Weyves Couture, a London-based firm that pairs fashion designers with yacht owners. Donald Potard, the former president of Jean Paul Gaultier, brokered the deal through his Agent de Luxe agency in Paris.
Fashion designers are in demand to transfer their style savvy to other arenas. Karl Lagerfeld last week signed a deal to design homes in Dubai and Elie Saab has a contract to design a boutique hotel at the future Tiger Woods resort, also in Dubai.
Mugler has kept a low profile since his fashion business was closed even though he remains artistic director for the fragrances and makeup lines that carry his name, which are owned by Groupe Clarins.
The 112-foot, 11,500-horsepower Gentry Eagle was built by powerboard racing record-holder Tom Gentry, who died 10 years ago. It broke the transatlantic speed record in 1989 by sailing from New York Harbor to Bishop Rock on England’s Isles of Scilly in 62 hours and 7 minutes.