As Paris prepares to welcome the Fiac (International Contemporary art-fair) from October 24-27, the Parisian store Colette gives over its windows to the fall-winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection by Raf Simons for Dior, inspired by the world of art.
The 1950s: Andy Warhol was young and still unknown, but already one could detect in his work everything that would make him into one of the 20th century's greatest artists. He was producing delicate figurative drawings, expressing an aesthetic equal parts naive and graphic - whether a low-heeled pump, a woman's face, or a bouquet of flowers.
2013: Raf Simons, creative director of the house's women's collections, looked to the drawings of the nascent king of pop art to provide the surface decoration for the clothing and accessories in the fall-winter collection. Embroidered on the dresses, printed on the Lady Dior and Diorissimo bags, the drawings take on a new and lively dimension.
In conjunction with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the house of Dior is continuing to write the story that connects it to the world of art; a story that traces its origins back to Christian Dior's youth, and when, as a young gallerist before ever becoming a couturier, he exhibited the work of Dalí and Picasso. To celebrate this exciting pairing, from 20-27 October, the Paris concept store Colette is dressing its windows at 213, Rue Saint-Honoré with a selection of runway pieces. "For me, Warhol appeared the obvious choice," explains Raf Simons. "The idea of hand drawing, like a personal signature, was most becoming for this collection."