Dior Commissions Hajime Sorayama for an Artistic Runway Touch

 - Dec 10, 2018
References: sorayama.jp & dezeen
From highly futurist menswear to gigantic female robots, Dior's Pre-Fall 2019 debut in Tokyo was definitely striking. Understanding that fashion shows are spectacles, Creative Director Kim Jones taps renowned Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama for a techy sculpture that turns out to portray an "idealized woman."

Following the aesthetic of Dior's Pre-Fall 2019 silhouettes, the artist creates a captivating robotic structure that is described as "retro-futurist." The elegant and attention-demanding centerpiece of the runway show is crafted from a block of styrofoam which was coated in aluminum paint — a labor-intensive process that took Hajime Sorayama 20 days to complete.

A noteworthy example of sculptural female robots, Dior's commission "marks 40 years since [Sorayama] first started drawing designs for robots."