PARIS — For his fall 2020 men’s show for Dior, Kim Jones is breaking his recent streak of artist collaborations. Instead, the collection will pay tribute to Judy Blame through the prism of the French fashion house’s codes.
Jones met the British stylist, jeweler and art director when he was just 16, and found Blame’s work hugely influential. The two worked together on accessories when Jones was at Louis Vuitton, and in the years leading to Blame’s death in 2018, they were collaborating on a book of his work.
“Judy was one of the most key people that I met when I was very young. We were friends — not close friends, but he was someone I hugely admired,” Jones said.
Blame emerged from the London club scene of the early Eighties alongside fellow creatives like John Galliano, Leigh Bowery and Derek Jarman. A member of the House of Beauty and Culture collective, he began styling for Ray Petri, founder of the Buffalo movement, and creating his signature magpie jewelry for editorials.
Blame subsequently styled celebrities such as Neneh Cherry, Björk, Boy George, Kylie Minogue and Massive Attack, and collaborated with brands including Comme des Garçons, Giles Deacon, Marc Jacobs and Moschino.
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