Photo: James Whatley

Madame Tussaud NYC Honors Daft Punk

In honor of the iconic French electronic duo of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo from their Random Access Memories-era silk and velvet suit days, Madame Tussauds New York revealed new wax figures of Daft Punk on Tuesday (2.27.)

Installed in the Manhattan facility’s “Glow Gala” area, inspired by New York’s gala scene, the EDM legends are housed nearby fellow superstar musicians Ariana Grande, Matthew McConaughey, Rihanna and Beyoncé.

Unlike other celebrities, the designers opted not to focus attention on the faces of the forever-helmeted musicians. Instead the artistic attention was devoted their outfits, with the wax Daft Punk sporting custom-tailored replicas of Saint Laurent’s black sequined Le Smoking tuxedo suits designed by Hedi Slimane for Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories project. The figures extend a huge 10-year anniversary celebration for the pair’s Grammy album of the year winner.

In collaboration with French DJ collective Maison Disco, the life size replicas were originally previewed during a party at Brooklyn club Avant Gardner.

In a statement from marketing executive at Madame Tussauds New York’s Ben Shapiro “As Daft Punk and Madame Tussauds both share French origins, this collaboration is a testament to the innovation and artistic brilliance of those that came before us and the ability of music and art to transcend global boundaries.” “We’re honored to welcome fans from ‘Around the World’ to the attraction to see their idols ‘One More Time’ and celebrate the legacy of Daft Punk and French House music.”

The latest in an ever-increasing of musicians to get the iconic Madame Tussauds treatment, Daft Punk joins recent additions Bad Bunny, Travis Barker and RuPaul. Originally founded by French wax sculptor Marie Tussaud, the history of Madame Tussauds goes back to 1835 London.

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: James Whatley