A NEW AES­THETIC

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a face and giv­ing her a whole new iden­tity. y. It’s such a turn of com­mer­cial fash­ion on its ts head us­ing one of its own icons as sub­ject, t, right down to the un­man­i­cured, al­most st dirty, nails that one can’t help but stare and d take in ev­ery inch of the pho­to­graph, the he cul­tural semi­otics flow­ing thick and rich.

Per­haps the two most provoca­tive ve im­ages are that of Ru­ven Afanador’s por­trait it of Gabriel Moginot and Mikael Jans­son’s n’s of rock­star Iggy Pop. Both im­ages fea­ture the Lady Dior with fash­ion corset-maker Moginot se­verely bound in one of his own corsets ref­er­enc­ing obliquely the ul­tra­fem­i­nine sil­hou­ette of Chris­tian Dior’s New Look. Jans­son’s por­trayal of Iggy in a Dior dress, bag in hand, speaks to the artist’s own boundary-break­ing pro­cliv­i­ties, but that both im­ages fea­ture men is again in­dica­tive of the very real com­mit­ment Dior has shown to the pro­ject. Art and the ideas be­hind it do not here take a back­seat to com­mer­cial con­ser­vatism, again echo­ing Mon­sieur Dior’s very own pas­sion for the arts. Af­ter all, Chris­tian Dior him­self was an avid art col­lec­tor and was drawn to the works of then un­known artists such as Dalí (Sal­vador) and Pi­casso (Pablo). Dior’s pas­sion for the arts trans­lated to some of Mikael Jans­son’s por­trait of Iggy Pop was a clear con­ver­sa­tion piece his col­lab­o­ra­tions and he worked on one such spe­cial pro­ject with the sur­re­al­ist painter Dalí back in 1950. Fast-for­ward to Dior’s Au­tumn/Win­ter ’13 col­lec­tion and cre­ative di­rec­tor Raf Si­mons has taken it back to the fu­ture, ref­er­enc­ing del­i­cate com­mer­cial Warho­lian il­lus­tra­tions on an ar­ray of white can­vas dresses that speak to art, fash­ion, and the soft­est fem­i­nin­ity.

There is no doubt that the ex­hi­bi­tion made its artis­tic im­pres­sion on the city of Hong Kong, punc­tu­ated by an in­ti­mate gala din­ner hosted by Bernard Ar­nault, LVMH chair­man and CEO, at­tended by stars and so­cialites alike re­splen­dent in Dior. Be­cause the col­lec­tion adds to its stable of artists as it t trav­els, it also saw the in­clu­sion of Hong Kong ce­ramic artist An­nie Wan among oth­ers. Wan’s Lady Dior scul sculp­ture “Im­pres­sive” was made of whit white porce­lain, meant to re­veal the in­trins in­trin­sic value and spir­i­tu­al­ity in the ma­teri ma­te­rial as it hov­ers be­tween the fa­mil­iar and the un­known. Another Hong Kong artist is Kum Chi Ke­ung, who con­tin­ues the tra­di­tional Chi­nese prac­tice of bird­cage-mak­ing and ex­pands the cre­ative pos­si­bil­i­ties of the com­mon bird­cage by vary­ing its size, de­sign, use of ma­te­rial, and place­ment. His work, po­et­i­cally en­ti­tled “Lady Bird”, is a bird sculp­ture made of bam­boo and ref­er­ences the sub­tlety and dy­namism of the Asian imag­i­na­tion, as that which is meant to cage re­veals it­self as the sym­bol of free­dom in its very form. More in­for­ma­tion on ‘ Lady Dior As Seen By’ on www.dior.com Up­ping the ante is the Peter Marino-de­signed bou­tique, with a new glass façade that ref­er­ences the iconic Dior plissé. There, the work of Chi­nese artist Liu Jian­hua, here, a Claude Lalanne bench. On the other side of the en­trance, be­hold “Also, Adam One Af­ter­noon” by Not Vi­tal, while the ceil­ing of the e Time­piece and Fine Jew­elry Salon hosts “Cosmic”, a mir­ror glass in­stal­la­tion by Rob Wynne and the new per­fume sec­tion “Demi Folly” ly” by Beth Katle­man. The Shoe Salon sees a ta­pes­try by Pae White called “Cos­metic Crin­kles” while the Pow­der Room is dec­o­rated with crys­tal scones by Lob­meyr. Mir­rors and lamps from Véronique Rive­male, a cock­tail ta­ble by Hu­bert Le Gall and another by Roland Mel­lan, a faceted mir­ror by Mathias Kiss, and vol­cano ta­bles by Mat­tia a Bonetti – the en­tire bou­tique is an homage to de­sign. To com­mem­o­rate the open­ing, the e VIP Salon was ded­i­cated to the Andy Warhol Col­lec­tion, show­cas­ing three limited- edi­tion on Lady Dior bags cre­ated for the oc­ca­sion. Shop G40- 45, The Land­mark, Cen­tral, Hong Kong. . Dior at The Land­mark Lim­it­ededi­tion Lady Dior bag em­broi­dered with pale pink leather flow­ers

Olympia Scarry cre­ated a Lady D Dior of frosted glass

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