Courtney Love, Marilyn Manson, Kim Gordon and Ariel Pink style themselves
in Hedi Slimane’s new photographic series, premiered on Dazed Digital
It’s fashion legend that Yves Saint Laurent dressed both Mick and Bianca Jagger
for their wedding in St Tropez, May 1971. How well the bride wore white YSL tailoring
was the ultimate endorsement of Monsieur Yves’ sartorial liberation, a crowning glory
years before 75’s iconic Helmut Newton photograph.
In 2013, Kim Gordon half-wears a Le Smoking, photographed by Hedi Slimane as
part of his Saint Laurent music project, premiered here. A portrait series drawing on the
relationship between rock icons and the house since its earliest days, the killer move
being the artists style themselves in its seasonal and permanent collections to create an
image of their own expression.
Inaugurated when the creative shot Christopher Owens as part of Saint Laurent’s reset,
the ex-Girl was succeeded by Beck for the SS13 campaign. And follows Slimane’s history
clothing Bowie, Jagger, The Libertines, The Kills, Franz Ferdinand; his ongoing
photographic Rock Diary featuring emerging and established talents; commissioning
show soundtracks by Daft Punk, Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees as well as shooting Sky
Ferreira for Saint Laurent’s pre-fall lookbook.
Gordon maintains the signature brilliance of a mannish woman in her picture, even nabbing
Hedi’s own scarf. Part suited she treads a tightrope familiar from Sonic Youth, a free spirited
girl with total TCB steeliness.
Courtney Love, photographed several times by Slimane over the past decade, is seen at home in
a pinstriped suit and silk ruffle shirt wigging out over her guitar. Let It Bleed, Love’s ink locked in
standoff with an evening dress, is a statement Mick J has history with, cake sculpture optional.
Marilyn Manson, he who drawled “I’m not an artist but a fucking work of art” follows,
complemented by Ariel Pink who shows off his party trick with chipped nail polish. Both wear
bikers. If Yves Saint Laurent was fascinated with the arts – think of the epic Ballet Russes
collection of AW76, though not only – this quartet have a subliminal link in Hedi’s exploration
of West Coast cultural mythology.
Beyond that? They wear it well, a reminder of the magnetic insouciance
that separates a rock star with someone who is simply in a band.