Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche on the role of Art in dashion

Last week, Dior Homme hosted an exclusive event with Paris’s Laffanour Galerie Downtown at leading Miami retailer The Webster to launch its Black Carpet collection as well as a light sculpture installation by Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi.

We caught up with the designer to find out how he defines “art,” the role it plays in his work and how his collaboration with Noguchi came into fruition.

”I guess for it to be “art” it needs to touch me and provoke something. I think that’s so obvious at Art Basel, where there’s so much to absorb and it’s impossible to take in everything. So whatever touches me — or appeals to me — that is what interests me, and that is what I’m going to try and discover and learn more about. I guess that is the art I’m interested in. Art Basel is really saturated, so it makes it hard for artwork to stand out, but I guess that is what makes it good.” It’s very present. I need to constantly get my inspiration from somewhere, whether it’s from daily life or people just walking in the street. But art is obviously very much in the process. It’s a permanent learning process for me, finding out how other artists work and how they tell their stories

For me, Art Basel Miami is the opportunity to meet new people that I don’t always get to meet at traditional fashion events. For example, tonight there will be a lot of collectors, artists and very different people compared to fashion week. But they are also designers, so it’s similar in some ways. It’s just a great opportunity for me to meet them all.

Dior Homme’s Kris Van Assche