Hedi Slimane*

17.07.2012 in18:09 in Portraits -->


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Born to an Italian mother and a Tunisian father in 1968 in the 19th arrondissement of Paris.At 11, he discovered photography, received his first camera and learned black and white darkroom printing. At 16, without fashion in mind, Slimane started making his own clothes. He studied Art History at the Ecole du Louvre and completed a tailor apprenticeship at a men’s designer house. Early in his career, he visited the offices of Le Monde, as he wished to become a journalist and reporter.
From 1992 to 1995, Slimane assisted fashion consultant Jean-Jacques Picart on the centenary of the project “monogram canvas” of Louis Vuitton. The project invited seven fashion designers – Azzedine Alaia, Helmut Lang, Sybilla, Manolo Blahnik, Isaac Mizrahi, Romeo Gigli, and Vivienne Westwood – to reinterpret the monogram canvas in celebration of its longevity.
In 1996, Pierre Berge installed Slimane in the position of ready-to-wear director of mens collections at Yves Saint Laurent and later he became artistic director. After the Black Tie collection for autumn-winter 2000-2001, which foreshadowed the advent of Slimane’s silhouette, and the debuts of “skinny”, he chose to leave YSL, declined the offer of creative directorship at Jil Sander, and accepted the position of creative director for menswear at Christian Dior. In June 2001, he headed up the launch of Dior Homme’s first fragrance under his creative control – named Higher. He designed the packaging and worked with Richard Avedon on the accompanying advertising campaign. In April 2002, Hedi Slimane was the first menswear designer to receive the CFDA award for International Designer. David Bowie, whom Hedi Slimane dressed for his tours, presented the award.
Thanks in part to Slimane, Dior’s couture business, which includes ready-to-wear and accessories, increased by 41 percent in 2002. Brad Pitt had Slimane create his wedding suit. Although he never designed a womenswear collection, he dressed female celebrities like Madonna and Nicole Kidman during his tenure at Dior. He furthermore created stagewear for groups such as The Libertines, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand and The Kills and artists such as Mick Jagger, Beck, Jack White.
Slimane commissioned original soundtracks for his runway shows for Dior Homme, created by bands such as Phoenix, The Rakes, Razorlight. The track “In the Morning” was composed by Razorlight exclusively for the Dior Homme show. Slimane was known for working with new British music groups. These New Puritans, composed “Navigate, Navigate” for the last defile of Dior Homme in January 2007. Slimane became known for redefining the male silhouette, widely recreated in fashion and advertising (fashion and fragrances).
Slimane was known for working with new British music groups. These New Puritans, composed Navigate, Navigate for the last defile of Dior Homme in January 2007. Slimane became known for redefining the male silhouette, widely recreated in fashion and advertising (fashion and fragrances).
In July 2007, Slimane did not renew his contract at Dior Homme. The fashion house proposed to fund Slimane’s own label, but the discussions failed and the designer declined. Slimane had written on his website that he did not want to lose control of his name, and management of his own brand. He returned to fashion and portrait photography.
In March 2011, following John Galliano’s dismissal from Dior, Slimane was linked with the job of new Dior creative director. In March 2012, Yves Saint Laurent and its parent company, PPR, officially stated that Slimane would replace Stefano Pilati as creative director at Yves Saint Laurent, after the departure of the latter, who held said position for almost eight years. He will base himself in his creative studio in Los Angeles, rather than the brand’s Parisian headquarters.

Website: http://www.hedislimane.com