“Fashion inspires my work and so I tend to look at characters that have that sense of style“.- Amoako Boafo
The Creative Director of Dior Men, Kim Jones, has added, Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo to his list of incredible artists aside Raymond Pettibon, Hajime Sorayama, and Daniel Arsham to help enrich his streetwear-meets-Savile Row collections and shows.
Together with Amoako Boafo, Kim Jones has created one of the most talked-about collections of the Spring-Summer 2021 menswear season.
The desire to collaborate started last December. Jones, who was showing his pre-fall collection in Miami, was deeply struck by Boafo’s exhibition at the city’s newly opened Rubell Museum. Jones commented;
“(Boafo’s work) just spoke to me; I was immediately drawn to it. The intensity of his portraits, the power of movement and the choice of colors in them — everything touches me in his work and the way he sees things,” Jones said in a statement. “In designing this collection, I wanted to share that passion and celebrate the power of his work, to help it become even better known.”
In a short film uploaded to YouTube, the all-Black group of models modeled Jones’ latest designs, which masterfully marry Boafo’s motifs and sensibilities with his own: Color-blocked cummerbunds and pops of neon recall the bold backgrounds upon which the artist finger-paints his faces; a shirt embroidered with lengths of ivy have roots in a portrait Jones observed at the artist’s Accra studio; one of Baofo’s subjects looks out from a fur turtleneck.
Speaking on his decision to work with Africans on his projects, Kim Jones commented that
“I wanted to work with an African artist for a long time because I grew up in Africa, and African art is something that’s always been important to me.”
Story by Matilda Mensah Marfo