Hedi Slimane Opens Up to the 'NY Times' About His New Project for V

Hedi Slimane Opens Up to the 'NY Times' About His New Project for V

The designer gives a rare interview about his New York Diary series for V.

The designer gives a rare interview about his New York Diary series for V.

Text: Ian David Monroe

Hedi Slimane very rarely grants interviews, but on the occasion of his first New York Diary releasing with our January issue, he spoke (over email) with the New York Times's Matthew Schneier. Slimane provides context for the photographic project, what inspires him about artists in New York City, and his early love for the image-capturing art form. He even hints that one day he'll begin designing clothes again (we can only hope!). Here, we round up the stand out quotes. Read the interview in full here.

On entering the art form: "I started at 11 with black-and-white photography. It has always been a natural and defining part of my life, a personal, intimate process."

On entering party culture at a young age: "I guess I grew up in clubs from age 15 (La Piscine, Le Palace, Les Bains in Paris, etc.), and concerts and night life defined fashion for me."

On connecting with the people he photographs: "I do relate to their work, almost all the time. I do not really identify though, but feel more comfortable in this context."

On creative endeavors since leaving his design position: "I haven’t shot any fashion photography since I left Saint Laurent in March."

On the duration of his documenting musicians: "I have been doing this consistently for 30 years now, and it turned into an endless and ritual search."

On returning to design after Saint Laurent: "Naturally, photography will always be there, however I never intended to stop designing. I never said I will stop designing in the future."

On why he'll never have an eponymous label: "My own name was always off limits, entirely dedicated to photography."

Credits: Banner image photographed by Yann Rzepka.

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