Those never lazy Sundays, Ph Alex Beckoven, Lampoon
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Lampoon / Transition – The stillness of an Italian Sunday is broken by neon shades

Amoako Boafo and Kim Jones transport an echo of their African memories in the French Maison, looking for Africa through contemporary and disruptive elements

Photography: Alex Beckoven

Dior Men Spring Summer 2021

Vibrant echoes of the African nature are transported somewhere in Italy. The collaboration between Kim Jones, creative director of Dior Men and the Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo is reported. Jones, who has been enlisting the help of artists to convey his vision for the male line of the Maison, was captivated by Boafo’s portraits, the power of movement in them and the use of color which reminded him of his childhood spent travelling through Africa with his hydro-geologist father. For his part, Amoako Boafo’s work, while rooted in his continent of origin, draws inspiration from Viennese artist Egon Schiele and his contorted figures. Two hemispheres intertwining in this collaboration. The collection borrows from Boafo’s repertoire of characters and the colors in the artist’s painting come alive through his hands and showcase the intrinsic power of the African continent. In this photoshoot the bright, neon colors of the Dior collection break the stillness of the surroundings creating depth and glare in the atmosphere around them. 

Dior Men and Amoako Boafo 

Amoako Boafo, born in 1984, is a Ghanaian international painter and visual artists. He has collaborated with Kim Jones, creative director of Dior Men, for the Maison’s Spring Summer 2021 collection. The collection was called Portrait of an Artist.

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