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Suit (jacket and trousers)

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Suit (jacket and trousers)

Spring/Summer 2006

Hedi Slimane
Dior Homme
Black elastic wool/nylon/polyurethane plain weave; single-breasted 5-button jacket.
Inventory Number(s)
AC11373 2005-28AH

This is a very slender suit reminiscent of the styles of the 1960s and the 1970s. It is no exaggeration to credit Dior Homme creative director Hedi Slimane with changing the silhouette of the previously loose-fitting suit and starting a new boom. Karl Lagerfeld, creative director at Chanel, is said to have gone on a major diet in order to fit into Slimane’s suits. Slimane had admitted to being heavily influenced by a leading British rock musician and his associates, and that connection can be seen in this suit. The design is very playful, with suspenders that have almost lost their functionality and become purely symbolic and a necktie that is secured with elastic and can almost no longer be considered a necktie. Slimane served as creative director for Dior Homme from 2000 to 2007. Before that, he had been director of Yves Saint Laurent's Rive Gauche Homme since 1997. In 2012, he returned to Yves Saint Laurent to take charge of both men’s and women’s wear. Since 2018, he has been artistic, creative, and image director of Celine.