Couleurs de L’ombre by Hiroshi Sugimoto for Hermès

Photography Inspires Scarf Collection

An ombre rainbow adorned the ceiling of Basel’s Museum de Kulturen for the Art Basel fair this past summer.

Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto created 140 limited-edition scarves, which were suspended from the ceiling. Made for luxury retailer Hermès, the silk scarves had a square frame and were decorated with a gradient colour spectrum.

For 10 years, Sugimoto has taken polaroid images of varying gradations, which he then used in a 2010 exhibition Colours of Shadow. He says he wanted to capture this ‘chromatic epiphany’ on a Hermès scarf.  A total of 20 polaroids were transposed – each seven times – onto scarves, totalling 140 pieces.

The project has been created for Hermès’ Carré d’artiste series, for which it organizes collaborations with artists. The label’s artistic director, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, says the concept creates a dialogue between history, tradition and fashion.

The project can be seen from 14 November to 30 December at the Hermès flagship gallery in Ginza, Tokyo.

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