Kim Jones, Dior Men’s creative director, has a notion that rules are meant to be broken, especially when it comes to menswear.
He put this vision into action when he saw an exhibition by Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama and immediately proposed to collaborate on a collection.
Recognizing Sorayama’s meditations of the limitations of desire explored through his hyperreal, erotic fembot sculptures, Jones realized Sorayama would be a perfect collaborator on Dior’s collection dedicated to Japan’s innovative advancements in AI and robotics.
Japanese culture and art was a key influence in the work of Christian Dior, who was inspired by obi belts and kimonos when creating some of his most iconic signature items.
Jones sought to carry this theme forward and work with a Japanese artist who could help create pieces of clothing and a futuristic runway show for Dior’s first-ever pre-fall menswear show.
Sorayama did just that, producing a shocking laser show which played out on the bodies of silver robots, including a central idealized female robot, for the collection debut in Tokyo on November 30, 2018. The show was modernistic and had a universal appeal.
The co-created clothing pieces included futuristic interpretations of the Dior logotype and incorporated some of Sorayama’s prints of Japanese foliage and flora.
The items broke barriers of a previous notion of what men should be wearing.
The collection also includes fabrics treated with a special metalization technique that casts them in iridescent silvers and metallic blues and silhouettes inspired by Sorayama’s robot armor.
“I personally see my works as forms of entertainment and I believe that it is up to the public to interpret it as art or not,” Sorayama says.
It was an honor for both Jones and Sorayama to collaborate with each other and to bring together art, fashion,and Japanese culture.
The collection and it’s debut breaks rules of menswear while honoring the legacy of Christian Dior.
*partially sourced @ news.artnet.com