All eyes are on designers like Dior during annual fashion weeks. But this year’s debut of the Fall/Winter 2021 collection is particularly notable. Why? Well, the brand collaborated with famous artist Peter Doig to craft some designs.
The luxury clothing brand’s creative director Kim Jones teased the partnership this week on Instagram with an image of a “painting of Christian Dior in an outfit designed and made by Pierre Cardin for a masked ball 1949.” Doig did the same on his account, writing that he’d been working with Jones for the past five months to help with the collection, including hats created with Stephen Jones Millinery. The painter wrote that it “was such an honor and thrilling experience to turn ideas and dreams into color, and functional forms.”
Doig is known for his contemporary figurative paintings that have appeared at the Tate Britain, the Scottish National Gallery, National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. Some of his most famous paintings were of canoes, including White Canoe, which sold in 2007 for $11.3 million at Sotheby’s. But he first gained recognition in the 1990s for his classic abstract techniques mixed with pop culture references, something that is sure to shine through with the new Dior collection.
And this isn’t the first time Dior has partnered with an artist for a collection. Since becoming the artistic director of men’s collections, Jones worked with Hajime Sorayama, Daniel Arsham, Amoako Boafo, Kenny Scharf, and Kaws for unique collaborations.
Sadly, Paris Fashion Week will not have the big crowds this year due to the pandemic. Instead, designers are showcasing their latest collections online. Day one features digital presentations from Berluti, Sankuanz, and Taak. Dior’s virtual presentation is set for Friday, January 22, at 8 a.m. EST.