Legendary graffiti artist Kenny Scharf has collaborated with Dior designer Kim Jones for a trippy new collection.
Scharf, of course, first came to prominence in the early ’80s alongside his buddies Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
A mix of Scharf’s archives and more recent work were commissioned specifically for Dior’s Fall 2021 collection, including drawings denoting Chinese zodiac animal characters. Other references include his 1984 “When Worlds Collide” painting and newer artworks like “LA Blobz” and “Koz.”
Da Man describes it like this:
The acid-dyed universe Scharf created with spray cans became, thanks to a high-powered Paris atelier and artisans in China, stunning sequined fantasy coats and stupendous intarsia jackets where the giant mouths, glowering eyes, and fiendish smiles of the artist’s cartoon characters fought for supremacy.
Check it out below.
Jones tells WWD:
“I wanted to do something quite fun and poppy because everything’s so down at the moment. We just wanted the playfulness of trying to get out of this, where we are at the moment.”
“I’ve worked with so many designers over the years, but never in this kind of depth that I knew was going to take place. So it’s been very fulfilling to me to see all these beautiful creations took to their fullest — not just a little dabble here and there, like my other ventures in fashion.”