Kim Jones’ FW19 Dior Men’s Collection Is a Deft Punk Masterpiece

As an avid collector, Kim Jones has an eye for pieces that have a lasting resonance. Among his personal archives are garments like jackets made from postal sacks by Christopher Nemeth, faded graphic tees from Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s seminal Seditionaries label, and rip-and-repair cream trousers by Judy Blame.

It was the heyday of punk, before the subculture had a unifying uniform. It still existed as a conceptual mindset about pushing the avant-garde forward and subverting the norm—hence, how Royal Stewart tartan came to represent The Sex Pistols as much as Queen Elizabeth.

For his Fall/Winter 2019 collection at Dior Men’s, Jones combed the Dior archive and the history of punk, bringing its original ideologies to the forefront in a collection befitting of a couture luxury house. After all, the trained artisans at Dior’s atelier are essentially a highly-skilled team that can bring just about anything into fruition, so the clothing manifests itself as a fusion of couture execution with a DIY mentality.

The invite to the show was a pouch covered in the art of Raymond Pettibon, the artist known for working with bands like Minor Threat, Black Flag (he designed the flag logo), and Sonic Youth album covers. Jones met him through actress Stella Schnabel, daughter of artist Julian Schnabel, and admits he was a bit starstruck initially. Source Link