Saturday, 31 July 2010

Oh, my Dior!

This summer, to celebrate the re-opening of Dior boutique
in Shanghai, the historical French couture brand resumes
the collaboration with Chinese photographer Quentin Shih
who produced back in 2008 the acclaimed ”Stranger in the
Glass Box” series of images.

The fertile collaboration's round two entitled ”Shanghai
Dreamers” shows surreal, painting-style images in which
models wearing the latest couture collection (the boutique 
windows will display the very same items) are surrounded
by orderly clone-like rows of Chinese figures.

Shih, aka Shi Xiaofan, skillfully plays by digitally retouching
his subjects replicating their image in a pattern, jogging my 
memory back to Yue Minjun's paintings, to outline the rigor and 
uniformity of Chinese mass culture using stereotype characters.

The background's homogeneity makes the House of Dior
couture outfits stand out in juxtaposition showing off the 
stark contrast between the craved Parisian creations and the 
conformity of hackneyed Chinese old clichés.


  1. Wow I love these images, there is something so captivating about them.
    Thanks for the lovely comment on my blog by the way.
    ♥ Sheray.

  2. Fabulousness !! and utterly creative

  3. I love "stranger in the Glass Box" series!
    It's so beautiful...