The ART of FASH­ION

It’s a meet­ing of two icons in one minimalist state­ment from Dior.

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For his first Dior show last year, Raf Si­mons rein­ter­preted the cel­e­brated de­signs of the house’s founder from the 1950s. This sea­son, he moved one decade ahead and ref­er­enced an equally for­mi­da­ble icon from the ’60s. Again draw­ing from Mon­sieur Dior’s his­tory, Si­mons found a strong link to the art world – Dior was a gal­lerist be­fore he started de­sign­ing – and got in touch with the Andy Warhol Foun­da­tion for the Vis­ual Arts. While Warhol might be best known for his silk-screened Pop Art paint­ings, Si­mons (never one for the ob­vi­ous) de­cided to ex­plore the artist’s ear­lier pre-fame work, back when he was still do­ing com­mer­cial il­lus­tra­tions. The re­sult: Warhol’s fem­i­nine, spi­dery draw­ings of shoes em­bossed onto a plain white clutch. With fash­ion feel­ing a clean, spare mood at the mo­ment, this per­fectly fits the sea­son’s aes­thetic. Minimalist with just enough of a twist to keep it mod­ern and de­sir­able, it is an em­bod­i­ment of what Si­mons has brought to Dior – a youth­ful­ness and a sense of wear­a­bil­ity while still re­tain­ing the glam­our and ro­mance of the mai­son. Priced at RM14,500. Dior, G28, In­dulge Floor, Starhill Gallery. Tel: 03-2143 1886.

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