In July 1997, an almost unknown young designer is claimed by Pierre Berge to the Department of Human YSL Rive Gauche collections. Thus Hedi Slimane made his entrance on the front of the fashion scene. Today, the Figaro ranks among the 50 most influential thirties in France. Back on the meteoric rise of a new fashion icon…
1968: the student revolution was born in May, and Hedi in June. Slimane The family lives modestly in Bagneux, Mr. accountant is of Tunisian origin, while Mrs. comes from Italy. She is a seamstress, and it is likely that either she who taught his son the rudiments of his craft. So, as a teenager, the young Hedi makes her own clothes because the middle-store clothes is too large for her thin silhouette.
Although it takes much pleasure in these sewing, quick wit and interest in the world around him to grow a career in journalism. So there will follow no design training, which will enable him later to create freely, without being influenced by the aesthetic diktats. Management therefore Hypokhâgne, where he prepares to enter the Institute of Political Studies of Paris.
Then it changes its trajectory and integrates the History School of the Louvre Art. There, he rediscovered his passion for creation and for fabrics. In addition, there is a number of meetings which all converge towards the world of fashion. That is why in 1992, having understood that he would make this world his own, he became assistant to Jean-Paul Picart, renowned press officer and founding partner of the house Lacroix. For 5 years, at his side, he held various positions in the wings, especially on the draft centennial of the Monogram Canvas Louis Vuitton.
So in 1997 all capsizes during his somewhat unexpected arrival in the direction of the line of ready-to-wear Yves Saint Laurent. Such a choice from Pierre Bergé stirs curiosity, and all eyes are turning to the new recruit: Slimane is expected to turn its first collection. This will sound the trumpets of victory for our young designer, who succeeds in a jiffy to conquer all hearts. Rive Gauche resumes full-color glamor energy, and the public falls for the modern dandy universe creator.
However, in March 2000, when the Gucci Group bought Yves Saint Laurent, Hedi Slimane leaves the house. Maybe he is afraid of losing creative freedom so dear to him? Still, two seasons later, new fans of stylist learn with happiness the appointment of the latter in the direction of creation for men at Christian Dior.
Again, the challenge is to Slimane, because so far the sign had no line men and must determine what will be the Dior image of the masculine. It therefore installs the street workshop Francis I, and surrounded himself with trusted people.
Dior’s first opus will be a real gem: it presents subversive silhouettes in tuxedos brutally perforated leather, which mixes rock influences and traditions Haute Couture. Gradually, aesthetics Slimane says, and he invented for Dior a new vision of masculine elegance.
Man is redefined in depth, sort of romantic hero, elegant but a bit sour. His silhouettes are slender, both sensual and asexual. This androgynous please many women, who love the new man created by Slimane, and do not hesitate to appropriate the dressing room.
Moreover, the desire to draw for women becomes stronger in our Creator, and in July 2007 he will not renew his contract with Dior Homme. To persuade him to stay, the house offers to finance his own label, but he refuses to be able to keep control of his name. With this freedom, he begins a new era. Slimane is launching his own label, which also offer a male and female locker room. His black and white sophisticated collections quickly become a reference in luxury fashion term.
But creativity is bubbling, and aspires to be expressed through other means. He had been architect for the Dior boutiques, and now here’s photographer. Enthusiast rock he had published in 2004 “Stage”, a collection of photographs of different groups of underground music, and in 2007 he even organize the event “Young American,” whose goal is to present a together all the young new York art scene.
It also creates for the electronic music group Daft Punk robot costumes sported during their public appearances, and performs shooting of singer Courtney Love, entitled “Courtney Love by Hedi Slimane: portrait of a performer.” It presents in 2008 in Spain “Perfect Stranger” exhibition that chronicles the rock festival in the world of Benicassim.
Today, one can find his photographic work on the site “Hedi Slimane Diary,” which recently staged Lindsay Lohan. Some retailers even entrust the shooting of their campaign, as is the case of Prada, with whom he collaborated for the men’s collection spring-summer 2009.
Hedi Slimane has therefore not surprise us, embodying in his dressing room as his photographs on an elitist philosophy, puritanical elegance, thirsting for perfection.
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