Christian Dior Fall 2013
Andy Warhol's drawings may have been featured on looks from Raf Simons's Fall 2013 collection for Dior, but its name came from one of the most famous paintings by Salvador Dalí. Simons, who drew on formative moments in his life and in Christian Dior's, named his show "The Persistence of Memory."
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The house called the show a "visual scrapbook" of things that were important to both men. Dior started his career as a gallerist and once represented Dalí and Alberto Giacometti, and Simons often references his obsession with midcentury art. Perhaps that's why he collaborated with The Warhol Foundation For the Visual Arts, applying the artist's 1959 work "Female Head With Stamps" to a strapless dress in navy blue silk.
"For me Warhol made so much sense," Simons said. "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."
Delicate and sensitive could describe this offering, and its sentimentality toward the house's founder. More than a few looks modernized Dior's original designs, like the 1947 Doris coat, but in double-faced black leather, and the iconic Bar jacket in denim wool. This was a respectful ode to Dior, but it was also a clear indication that Simons excels at operating in his territory.