Andy Warhol x Dior
Trees are losing their leafs, grey sky is coming out, it is getting a bit colder and you get this feeling of déjà vu…indeed, autumn is right around the corner. For his Fall-Winter 2013 collection, Raf Simons plays around with this notion of Memory and how it shapes design at the Maison Dior.
Before starting off as a fashion designer, Monsieur Dior opened a small art gallery in Paris where he exposed many of great artists’art works such as Dali and Giacometti. Unfortunately, the art gallery had to be closed due to financial issues.
Raf Simons chose some of Andy Warhol drawings from the 1950s, when the artist was still unknown and embroidered them on the cult dresses, printed them on the Lady Dior and Diorissimo bags. “For me Warhol made so much sense. I was interested in the delicacy and sensitivity in the early work he did, I was drawn to that graphic style naturally in this collection. It was that notion of hand work and personal signature that fitted throughout.” says Raf Simons.
Art and fashion have the same heritage of aestheticism so we can ask ourselves what is the border between the two? Is not fashion a kind of art?