It's a new dawn at Dior, but is it an evolution or revolution of the codes of the house?
That's a question new designers often get asked whenever they take over the reins of a luxury house. With Kim Jones' stunning debut at Dior, it's a little bit of both. Looking to mend the divide between the men's and women's collection, he presented the collection under Dior, instead of Dior Homme.
Gone are the dark and moody tailoring that Dior Homme was known for under Hedi Slimane and Kris Van Assche. Instead, Jones dives into the personal collection of Mr Christian Dior as the starting point with a focus on translating the savoir-faire of their women's couture collection into a stunning menswear offering. The collection was light, both in the literal and metaphorical sense. The suits in cashmere were both soft to the touch, yet surprisingly weightless. Tulle shirts were done in feathers to mimic the toile de Jouy wallpaper that decorated the first Christain Dior boutique.
But enough from us. Hear it from Kim Jones himself on the collection and his collaborators as Esquire Singapore was granted an exclusive access backstage interview as well as an in-depth look at the craftsmanship that goes into creating the collection.
Kim Jones talks about his inspiration as well as the different collaborators for the SS19 show—including the likes of Yoon from AMBUSH, artist Kaws, and Matthew M Williams from ALYX.
Dive into the atelier with Janaina Milheiro to learn about the making of the tulle feather shirt.
British milliner, Stephen Jones, talks about reinterpreting the iconic Dior Saddlebag into headgear for the Dior men's collection.