Daniel Arsham is back with another project with Dior and this time his signature erosion aesthetic is found on footwear. As part of the collaboration between Dior x Air Jordan 1 High, the celebrated artist took to Instagram his latest creation that was customised by Philip Leyesa (aka Philllllthy).
Arsham has long been a frequent collaborator with some of the biggest brands in the world such as Dior, Porsche, Rimowa and Disney, to name a few. He partnered with Kim Jones when the latter took over as artistic director of Dior Homme when Kris Van Assche left. Having been an ardent fan of Arsham, Jones approached him and enlisted his help with setting up the runway for Jones’ debut collection in 2019 and pieces from that year’s collection sold like hotcakes.
Found on the most coveted footwear of this year, the Air Jordan has been masterfully eroded. Even the box that houses the shoes, dust cover as well as a note from Kim Jone have been purposely abraded to ensure the entire collection has a worn-out appearance. This is highly unusual as we would normally want items that we bought to be brand new, flawless and mint condition. However, if we were following Arsham and his creations, we would quickly dismiss that thought.
Referencing the ancient Japanese art form of kintsugi, where the focus is on accepting imperfections and flaws. The intriguing pattern is found all over the kicks and is certainly a quirky pair of shoes to own.