hedi sli­mane

Cre­ative poly­math

Wallpaper - - October -

The rise of Hedi Sli­mane seemed to sig­nal the ar­rival of a new kind of cul­tural force, the mul­ti­me­dia ar­biter of cool. He was con­nected, in­ter­ested in ev­ery­thing, ana­logue and dig­i­tal all at the same time. No won­der we en­listed him as an in­au­gu­ral Guest Ed­i­tor in 2007.

It was shortly af­ter his de­par­ture from Dior Homme, where he had rein­vented the male wardrobe. He had also turned his hand to fur­ni­ture de­sign and graph­ics, but pho­tog­ra­phy, a pas­sion since he was 11, was the most per­sonal part of his poly­mathic mix.

'I al­ways thought I could use dif­fer­ent medi­ums to ex­press the same idea,’ he told us. ‘Right now my main con­cern is pho­tog­ra­phy. But if you look at my pho­to­graphs over the last decade, and then look at my style and fash­ion de­signs, it is quite ob­vi­ous I'm fol­low­ing the same ideas and prin­ci­ples.’

Sli­mane’s con­tri­bu­tion to the is­sue was a set of 20 60 x 40cm posters us­ing his own pho­tog­ra­phy and ty­pog­ra­phy. He also sat down with the Ger­man artist Thomas De­mand to talk about the split with Dior, re­defin­ing mas­culin­ity and the Bavar­ian con­cept of beauty in im­per­fec­tion (re­ally!).

Sli­mane con­tin­ued to take pic­tures, and be­came an in-de­mand cu­ra­tor. In 2011 he cu­rated a group show of LA artists, in­clud­ing Ed Ruscha and John Baldessari, while in the same year, his pho­to­graphs of their city were ex­hib­ited at MOCA. In 2012 he was ap­pointed cre­ative di­rec­tor of Yves Saint Lau­rent, and left the post last year.

Sli­mane, seen in a self-por­trait (top), called his 20 pull-out posters ‘frag­ments and signs, in­di­rect nar­ra­tive tex­tures’. Sub­jects ranged from a Ber­lin club ceil­ing to the hair fit­tings of his last show for Dior

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