Thursday, Jun. 21, 2012

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Colours de L'Ombre

From more than 200 colorful polaroids, Sugimoto and Hèrmes artistic director Pierre-Alexis Dumas selected 20 pictures to transpose onto an exquisite form of silk twill. A total of 140 scarves were created — seven of each print — on square fabric measuring 140 cm by 140 cm. The printing process, according to Hèrmes silk director Victor Borges, was complicated. Because of the distinctive hues and the delicacy of the silk, on which the color is visible on both sides, it was necessary to make sure the prints remained true to the original photographs. It wasn't an easy task, but the resulting pieces are more than a amalgam of art and fashion, but the pinnacle of Sugimoto's decade-long process in completing the work.