In one of the most unique collaborations I have seen lately with The Andy Warhol Foundation (the ever-licensing organization also recently partnered with Perrier and Bugaboo), Dior has utilized some of Warhol’s early hand drawn work from the 1950s in his Fall/Winter 2013 collection. “For me Warhol made so much sense,” Dior creative director Raf Simons said of the collaboration on Dior’s website. “I was interested in the delicacy and sensitivity in the early work he did, I was drawn to that graphic style naturally in this collection. It was that notion of hand work and personal signature that fitted throughout.” Particularly, Simons worked Warhol’s “Stamped Shoe with Butterflies 1961,” “High Heel,” and “Shoe 1955” onto several handbags and silk dresses.
The collection as a whole is truly a nod to the label’s founder. Christian Dior himself was an avid art enthusiast, a close friend of many artists, and a gallerist prior to his move into fashion. The collection centered around a theme of surrealism, with the art of Dali and Giacometti serving as much of his inspiration. The notions of Surrealism and Pop through Warhol’s drawings were brought together in what was referred to in the show dossier as a “scrapbook.” To top it all off, the dreamscape of the show’s set brought to mind Magritte with a cloud-covered path winding around large mirrored spheres.