The Spring-Summer 2019 Dior Homme show by Kim Jones was held within one of the barracks of the Republican Guard. In a special commission, the artist KAWS has created the centerpiece of the show deco using his signature character BFF covered entirely in roses, as an avatar of Christian Dior himself, clutching a replica of the Bobby perfume bottle.
In his autobiography, Christian Dior reasoned that there are two Diors – the man, and the myth. The latter is the house of Christian Dior ; the former, Monsieur Dior himself. For his debut collection as Artistic Director of Dior Men, Kim Jones has chosen to interpret the codes of Monsieur Dior himself through the language of his couture house. It is a dual tribute to the reality of Dior, and the fantasy.
Drawing inspiration from Christian Dior’s private life and his creative output, the collection represents a dialogue between these two sides of his personality. Couture has inspired the savoir-faire and informed the choice of materials. A new Dior emblem, inspired by this heritage, it appears as jacquards and embroideries, on materials as diverse as tulle and soft leather, and executed in feathers. Here, the inspiration is both the natural world, and the nature of Dior itself. It results in not only a new look, but a new outlook.