Hedi Slimane

Hedi Slimane

Creative Director, Saint Laurent

The designer and photographer popularised the ‘skinny’ menswear silhouette while at Dior Homme before bringing his grunge- bohemian aesthetic to Saint Laurent.

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Few careers have been so closely monitored, or as widely discussed in recent years, as Hedi Slimane’s. The Frenchman shot to prominence following his creative directorship of Dior Homme, and his popularisation of a skinny silhouette in menswear. He currently helms the womenswear and menswear Saint Laurent labels, where his creative directorship has divided opinion, but his LA youth culture-driven collections have commanded the attention of the global fashion industry.

In 1996 Pierre Bergé installed Slimane in the position of ready-to-wear director of men's collections at Yves Saint Laurent. Slimane would later become artistic director of the line. After the ‘Black Tie’ collection for A/W 2000, which foreshadowed the advent of Slimane's skinny silhouette, Slimane chose to leave Yves Saint Laurent and declined an offer to take up the creative directorship at Jil Sander as well.

Immediately after leaving Yves Saint Laurent, Slimane moved to Berlin, where he took up a residency at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art between 2000 and 2002. Slimane's published his first book of photography, Berlin in 2002. The selection of black and white photographs were published by Editions 7L, Karl Lagerfeld’s publishing arm, which is an imprint of Steidl.

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