Kim Jones has reinvented a classic Dior design

For its AW20 menswear collection, Dior has created a tapestry version of the iconic Oblique motif on Saddle Bags, sneakers and more.

by Mahoro Seward
21 October 2020, 11:42am

Photography Alfredo Piola

With Dior’s heritage, paying homage to the past while pushing things forward is no easy task. Lean in too heavily, and you risk being perceived as out of touch; lurch too far into the future, however, and you could alienate yourself from the rich history. It’s quite the balancing act, but it’s one that the residents of 30 Avenue Montaigne have always proven themselves dab hands. Just take a look at Artistic Director of Menswear Kim Jones’ new spin on Dior’s iconic Oblique pattern for proof.

Dior Saddle Bag in AW20 Oblique Canvas

First introduced in 1967 by then-creative director Marc Bohan, the monogram pattern quickly became a keystone of Dior’s visual identity. It’s since appeared on everything from canvas luggage to the steps of the Dior Monsieur boutique opened in Paris in 1974, and reinterpreted by those that have helmed the label in Monsieur Bohan’s wake. John Galliano translated it in diaphanous chiffon for his AW01 collection, while Maria Grazia Chiuri has placed the pattern front and centre during her tenure, most notably seen on the clamoured-after Book Tote and Saddle Bag.

Dior Saddle Bag in AW20 Oblique Canvas

More than finding new contexts for the print, Kim Jones has given the motif a fresh makeover in his AW20 menswear collection, reinterpreting it as an embroidered wool tapestry fabric. With a blown-up motif and modern blue and black tones, it’s been applied to the soft iteration of the Saddle Bag, as well as the Rider Backpack and its iconic high-top sneaker. Tempted? Head over to Dior to cop. Trust us -- with days getting shorter and lockdown 2.0 looming, you’ve earned yourself a treat.

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