Hedi Slimane, creative director of the French fashion house CELINE, photographed a portrait series of French ‘Nouvelle Vague’ film director Jean Luc Godard, in Switzerland in July 2020
While the pandemic rampages and society commence adapting to the circumstances given, a bold wave of creativity has conquered the fashion industry, making digital mediums, catwalks, and shootings conventional.
Creative Director of the French Fashion House CELINE, Hedi Slimane, has launched the Portrait of A Performer/ Portrait of An Artist in 2019, spotlighting the genius of individuals during lockdown under the House’s umbrella. For the portraits, the designer reached out to collaborators working in the music and art industry, to create snapshots of their existence in isolation and their work approach during this period. The first series included Joan Jett, the Best Boys, Temples frontman James Bagshaw, Oracle Sisters, and artists Shawn Kuruneru and Carlos Valencia.
In July 2020, Hedi Slimane wandered to Switzerland to photograph the 89-year-old artist and film director Jean-Luc Godard. The black-and-white series portraits Godard smoking a cigar and bearing a fedora in his study reading a book. «All you have to do is turn off the sound and look at this memory in the images», Godard stated.
Known as the godfather French New Wave during the late 1950s and the ’60s, French-Swiss film director Godard’s filmography style was distincted by experimentation and improvisation. Through the lens of his creativity, Godard’s films propose his ability to create and control the elements of production. As an acclaimed image-maker, he furthermore worked with Anna Karina and Jean Seberg, who have shaped the fashion memory for decades. It is the androgynous mold giving the images a touch of the Godard heroine.
It is the most recent chapter in the photographic series aligning with the ‘Portrait of a performer/artist’ initiated by Hedi Slimane for CELINE in 2019, connected with recent project Mubi where Slimane selected the movie Pierrot Le Fou by Jean-Luc Godard (1965) in his curation. «Godard is someone I have admired hade my teenage years, when I was a film buff growing up in Paris», says Slimane.View gallery here
With the portrait series anchored in Hedi’s work, the designer documents the minds and artists of his era for more than 20 years.