News__ Hedi Slimane at the MOCA

November 17, 2011 | By

L.A. kids pay attention. Hedi Slimane may want to take your picture.

Hedi Slimane stepped down from his Creative Designer role at Dior Homme in 2007 with a deserved and untouchable rock star status. And then he never really touched fashion again. Rather, Hedi has since been capturing frayed youth culture, strictly through the medium of black and white photography. And these poignant still life images and portraits taken in California are now on display in his first solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA.

Photography might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Hedi Slimane. This is the man that designed the first Dior Homme collection back in ‘01, emancipating men from the ‘90s slacker look, with a tender but convincing push towards the slim silhouette. Think: skinny ties, skinny jeans, the slim fit blazer. But guess that wasn't enough.

Hedi Slimane's online photo diary was born in 2006. His subjects span music, art, and fashion, with some fragile photographs of celebrities like Amy Winehouse, Brian Wilson, and Pete Doherty peppered through. His photographs of Frances Cobain became a Tumblr reblog sensation, and his more recent imagery of Christopher Owens of Cali band Girls are entirely humbling. A sort of silent cultural documentary.

Hedi Slimane’s exhibit “California Song” runs from November 12, 2011, through January 22, 2012 at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Design.

Preview some more of Hedi Slimane's photography work below.


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