Saturday, March 2, 2013
With his second RTW collection for Christian Dior continues Raf Simons' investigation of the time period between the 40ties and the 50ties, including an accurate research of its costume history, its art and of course the Dior archives. To embellish and also to lighten the extremely elegant outfits the designer chooses colorful vintage fashion illustrations created in the fifties by Andy Warhol. Before he found fame as the father of Pop Art, Andy Warhol was an accomplished advertising illustrator and commercial artist for fashion tastemakers such as Barney's, Neiman Marcus, Glamour, Mademoiselle and Harper's Bazaar. One of his delicately beautiful and playful illustrations used by Simons for Dior's FW "2013||14 collection [right] is the 'Female Head With Stamps' from 1959 [left], in addition to other celebrated designs like shoes and flowers.