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René Gruau

Dior Pre-Fall 14

The Dior by Raf Simons Pre-Fall 2014 Collection reinterprets the drawings that René Gruau made for Dior in the ’40s and ’50s.

Other René Gruau-inspired collections : Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2005-2006 (this show was partly influenced by how Dior’s designs were reflected in the work of René Gruau), Dior by John Galliano Couture Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (René Gruau’s work for Dior was one of the references of this collection), Dior by John Galliano Couture Spring/Summer 2011 (this show paid homage to the illustrations that René Gruau made for Dior), Jason Wu Spring/Summer 2008 (some hand-painted patterns were based on René Gruau), Rick Owens Spring/Summer 2004 (René Gruau was one of the 2 inspirations of this show).

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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


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To Catch a Thief

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The Stephen Jones-styled silk scarves in the Dior by Raf Simons Resort 2014 Show, presented on May 18, 2013, in Monaco, referenced Grace Kelly in Alfred Hitchcock’s « To Catch a Thief ».

Furthermore, the Mario Testino-shot Salvatore Ferragamo Spring/Summer 2010 ad campaign, which starred Claudia Schiffer as Grace Kelly, was based on « To Catch a Thief », and one of the 3 « Grace Kelly » Barbies, launched in August 2011, as part of the « Barbie Collector Series », wore a replica of the Edith Head-designed blue dress that Grace Kelly wore in « To Catch a Thief ».

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Posted by on May 21, 2013 in Cinema


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Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s « Psycho » was one of the inspirations of the pixie wigs, styled by Guido Palau, of the Dior by Raf Simons Couture Spring/Summer 2013 Show.

Another « Psycho »-influenced collection : Louis Vuitton by Marc Jacobs Autumn/Winter 2002-2003 (this collection was based on « Psycho »’s ’50s glamour).

Furthermore, Christian Louboutin directed a mini remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s « Psycho », with Elisa Sednaoui as Janet Leigh, for the opening of his boutique in Los Angeles.

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Cinema


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Malcolm McLaren

Dior SS13Malcolm McLaren’s « Paris » album and « Madam Butterfly (Un Bel Di Vedremo ») song inspired the creative process of the Dior by Raf Simons Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.

Some Malcolm McLaren’s collaborations or Malcolm McLaren-inspired items or shows : Dries Van Noten Autumn/Winter 2010-2011 (Malcolm McLaren provided the soundtrack of this show), Isabel Marant (in 1985, inspired by Malcolm McLaren’s style, Isabel Marant, when she was adolescent, decided to make clothes from dishcloths), Miu Miu Spring/Summer 2013 (the soundtrack of this show featured Malcolm McLaren’s « Jazz In Paris »), Sonia Rykiel (in 1994, Sonia Rykiel co-wrote and sang with Malcolm McLaren on « Who The Hell Is Sonia Rykiel ? », taken from Malcolm McLaren’s « Paris » album), Sophie Theallet (in 1978, Sophie Theallet fell in love with Malcolm McLaren’s universe, created with Vivienne Westwood, in London), Vivienne Westwood (from 1970 to 1983, Malcolm McLaren has collaborated with Vivienne Westwood, his then-girlfriend, including for the opening of the Let it Rock store, on 430, King’s Road, in London, in 1970, and for the launch of the punk fashion, in 1976).

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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Music


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Manic Street Preachers

The disappearance of Manic Street Preachers’ Richey Edwards inspired the Raf Simons Autumn/Winter 2001-2002 Menswear Collection, « Riot, Riot, Riot ».

Some brands that were namechecked in Manic Street Preachers’ songs : Chanel (« D.I.Y. destruction on Chanel chic », in « Stay Beautiful », taken from the « Generation Terrorists » album, released in 1991), Jean Paul Gaultier and Paul Smith (« My tie is Paul Smith or Gaultier », in « Nostalgic Pushead », taken from « Gold Against the Soul », released in 1993).

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Music


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Sterling Ruby

Sterling Ruby’s spray-painted canvases inspired the painted silks he made, in collaboration with Bucol, for some dresses of the Dior by Raf Simons Couture Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 Collection.

Another Sterling Ruby-inspired collection : Proenza Schouler Spring/Summer 2011.

Other designers who made painted dresses in collaboration with artists : Cacharel by Cédric Charlier (with Alberto Vejarano, for the Cacharel by Cédric Charlier Spring/Summer 2010 Collection), Dolce & Gabbana (with students from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, in Milan, for the Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2008 Show, which featured a video of action painting scenes shot during this collaboration), Jean-Charles de Castelbajac (from 1982 to 1985, with Miquel Barcelo, Ben, Jean-Charles Blais, Rémy Blanchard, François Boisrond, Robert Combas, Hervé Di Rosa, Gérard Garouste, Keith Haring, Alain Jacquet, Denis Laget, Christian de Laubadère, Gilles Mahé, Annette Messager and Loulou Picasso).

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Art


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