Collaborating with Scottish painter Peter Doig, Kim Jones showcases our post-pandemic uniform.
From a first collaboration with New York street artist Kaws in 2018, to last season’s team-up with Ghanaian artist Amoafo Baoko, Dior’s creative director Kim Jones has become known for his innovative and thoughtful creative partnerships. In fact, the idea of collaboration is at the very core of Kim Jones’ work.
Today, for , Kim Jones and Dior showcased this season’s collaborative collection with the Scottish-born, Trinidad-based artist Peter Doig.
Doig devised the winter collection’s main motifs: two animalistic emblems which drew inspiration both from Christian Dior’s dog Bobby and the artist’s own lion characters. These were seen splashed across accessories as well as hand painted on a selection of wool felt hats by Stephen Jones. It was in the collection’s colour palette of pastels and warm brights, however, that the artist’s influence was most obvious. Taken straight out of a Doig painting, soft blues and dusky mauves were accented by brilliant yellows, blood-oranges and vibrant greens. Draped in these colours, the models themselves emerged from a blue-skied landscape installation devised by the figurative painter.
Designed as a “ceremony of the everyday”, the mood of the collection was definitely one of masculine extravagance. The clothes took inspiration from ceremonial garb, with military tailoring, camo print bombers, cargo trousers, berets and Wellington-style combat boots featured throughout the collection. Golden embellishments and baroque embroidery, however, inspired by the Académie des Beaux-Arts, gave the uniform a specific couture twist – these were no ordinary soldiers.
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