Portrait of an Artist
A celebration of identity, of the power of creativity, of art’s ability to transport. For Summer 2021, Dior men’s Artistic Director Kim Jones collaborates with the Ghana-born, Vienna-trained artist Amoako Boafo through an intimate, all-encompassing and honest cultural conversation that began in 2019. Their meeting at the Rubell Museum in Miami was artistic love at first sight; Kim Jones and Amoako Boafo have a true mutual admiration for each other’s work.
Each piece is a collaboration, a dialogue. Amoako Boafo’s artworks are inspiration but also an essential foundation. Colors are drawn from his vivid, near-surreal hues – fluo yellow saturates moiré, alongside blue, coral and green. Prints are drawn from the graphic patterns that characterize his work. A jacquard of paintbrush strokes is based on a photograph, taken by Kim Jones, of the richly textured canvases in his studio. In reference to that three-dimensionality, surfaces are intricately realized, printed and layered; ribbed knits incorporating jacquard patterns have the appearance of a painted canvas. In other pieces, embroideries, knitwear and intarsia literally translate specific works by Amoako Boafo to the wearer’s body. Silhouettes are narrow, streamlined, sportswear-influenced yet with the perfect tailoring characteristic of a Couture house.
[Photo Credit: Jackie Nickerson/Courtesy of Dior – Video Credit: Christian Dior via YouTube.com]