Since becoming Dior’s creative director, Kim Jones has brought a new artistic sensibility to the historic maison.
Maybe not really new, considering that before becoming one of the greatest stylists of all time, Christian Dior was a gallerist who sold works by Picasso in Paris. During the Great Depression, however, he had to close the Gallery, finding himself working in fashion and then launching his own line. Fashion stole it from art, and the rest is history.
There is no doubt that art has been the protagonist of these first three collections. For her debut with Spring / Summer 19, Kim collaborated with the renowned street artist KAWS, and for Pre-Fall she wanted Hajime Sorayama alongside her, giving life to a retro-futuristic show in Tokyo. For the last show in Paris, Kim turned to another icon of the art, the punk hero Raymond Pettibon, famous above all for having created the illustrations of the albums of the likes of Black Flag and Sonic Youth.
Despite a decidedly strong first impact, Kim finds Raymond’s drawings full of grace and kindness. And with precision typical of haute couture, Kim has transformed her works into dresses embroidered with beads, with incredible technical skill and great attention to detail. For some pieces it took 15 people and 1,600 hours of work. It was incredible to see the works of this icon of outsiders of art becoming beautiful luxury items, and we could not resist deepening the conversation with Kim Jones himself when the right opportunity arose.