Shawn Stussy, the industry veteran has come forth to confirm a collaboration with Dior, a French luxury goods company. The French label’s Homme artistic director Kim Jones spoke to WWD and confirmed his role in setting up the new collab with Stussy. The veteran has re-emerged after his fashion retirement to design a variety of exclusive imagery for Dior’s Pre-Fall 2020 menswear collection.
Talking about the collaboration to WWD in Paris, Stussy said, “There wasn’t much luring.I was just in a good place in my adventure, and he’s in a good place, and the stars just seemed to kind of line up. And if I’m going to come out for a last hurrah, why not with Dior? That’s the way I look at it. It’s the very top of the top. I have nothing but respect.”
Speaking about Stussy and his brand Jones explained, “I used to wear it head-to-toe all the time in my teens. It was something I was really, really, really obsessed by. I’ve [still] got boxes of it.”
“For me to work with someone like Shawn is a real honor. He’s an artist, that’s the thing. If you can work that line like that, and it’s that memorable, it’s like an artist. That’s why I wanted to do it with him: he’s made an iconic image with his hand,” he added.
The much awaited collection will be shown on December 3 across from the new Rubell Museum. Taking from the bold colors of Miami’s historic Art Deco architecture, Jones and team colored in the black-and-white artwork that Stussy submitted for Pre-Fall 2020. The team outsourced a unique Japanese printing process to create heavily manipulated marble-like patterns.
“That’s what intrigued me, is when he started talking about taking my kind of iconic artwork and putting it into these couture methods,” stated Stussy. He further claimed, “I have zero interest in going and printing some $40 T-shirts, but to do this was really an eye opener.”