Kim Jones: This is behind her sci-fi collection for Fendi
Kim Jones closed out the Paris couture shows with a sci-fi Fendi collection inspired by the vintage and futuristic elements that embody the house’s hometown of Rome. In a galactic black box at La Bourse, illuminated shards of Roman arches hung from the ceiling and loomed over Jones’ beaming gazes and hand-painted images of Roman statues in velvet gowns, accompanied by sumptuous jewelry handcrafted by Delfina Delettrez. . British VOGUE fashion critic Anders Christian Madsen spoke to Jones about the show during a preview.
VOGUE: How did Fendi’s hometown inspire this collection?
Kim Jones: Rome has so many facets to me. It is such an old city. We always think about the past, present and future of the city. The thought of different times and the very spiritual side of Rome, which seems almost heavenly, almost space.
Is it the science fiction idea of ancient versus futuristic?
Yes, because that is what Rome really means to me. You imagine people digging in their gardens and finding all this stuff from thousands of years ago and then they build these buildings on top of it. There is something very sci-fi about our headquarters and the area in which it is located.
How did you get the idea of outer space?
The idea of the future and what is happening in the world. I’ve been reading and watching a lot of science fiction lately. I reread Dune because I saw the movie and wanted to remember what the book was like. And the latest Star Wars book by George Lucas. I have all these things [Alejandro] Jodorowsky what he did about “Dune”, like the book he wrote about it.
How is this manifested?
It’s the idea that these women show up and are strong and warriors, but in a slightly ghostly way. We wanted them to be very long and big here. It’s the idea that empresses and emperors were always tall when you saw them.
What did you pay attention to during the casting?
We only wanted really big models. This is what we were looking for. And some faces of Fendi that we really enjoy working with.