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.