Essentials of style
During these 10 years at the helm of Dior Homme, Kris Van Assche has never shied away from collaborating with different artists and incorporating their works into the garments and accessories he sends down the runway. Often, Van Assche collaborates with artists whose works embody the ethos and mood of the particular collection. Last season, for example, he tapped into Dan Witz’s realistic painting of the mosh pit
to encapsulate the quintessence of rave and punk rock of the collection.
The Dior Homme summer 2018 collection is an affirmation of the codes of Christian Dior, seen through the lens of Van Assche. But what does that mean and why the choice of François Bard? When asked,
Van Assche says: “For the summer 2018 show, I asked the French painter François Bard to collaborate on ready-to-wear pieces and accessories featuring his oil paintings of hooded figures and orchids that represent different aspects of my universe. His work approaches contemporary subjects but with classical techniques,
an idea that embodies the twist in my work at Dior Homme.”
We speak to Bard to find out more about the collaboration with Van Assche, what he is trying to say with his work and his thoughts on the fashion world.