An embroidered twill combat vest from Dior Homme's collaboration with artist Raymond Pettibon.
Photo: Courtesy of Dior

Raymond Pettibon Teams Up with Dior for Striking New Collection

The graphic artist’s designs are incorporated into intricate shirts, sweaters, and accessories for men

The house of Christian Dior is no stranger to the art world, especially since the renowned couturier started his career as a gallery owner, showing legends such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and René Magritte. His artistic legacy lives on with the label’s covetable collaborations of bags designed by artists such as Mickalene Thomas, Pae White, and Lee Bul.

Now Dior Homme will allow men to become walking canvases as well with a collection created through a partnership of Dior’s artistic director, Kim Jones, and artist Raymond Pettibon. Exuberant drawings and works on paper, including No Title (She Must Know) (2010) and No Title (Take It From . . . ) (2010), assume a new shape in a series of shirts and knitwear, many featuring extensive beading and embroidery. “The arts and fashion are in fact intimately interwoven,” says Pettibon, “and I am always pleased to see my work come to life in another form.”

An embroidered twill combat vest being worked on by an artisan. Photo: Courtesy of Dior

Some of the Dior Homme pieces feature entirely new works by Pettibon, whose art is currently on display in the group show “Beyond the Cape! Comics and Contemporary Art,” at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida through October 6.

Detail of the beadwork and embroidery on the combat vest. Photo: Courtesy of Dior

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2019 Fall issue under the headline “Canvas to Couture.” Subscribe to the magazine. 

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