Pierre et Gilles

Pierre et Gilles
Pierre et Gilles, Dans le port du Havre, 1998 Credit: Courtesy the artistes and Galerie Daniel Templon

The saturated colours and elaborately-styled portraits by the French duo have found favour with numerous pop stars for their record covers, like Boy George and Nina Hagen. Exotic and frequently homoerotic, they are modern-day icons emptied of religious overtones. 

Dans le port du Havre adorns Vevey’s former prison (stripes with bars), À la fenêtre, a tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival’s 50-year anniversary, covers a façade of the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes.