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The Libertines / Carl Barat and Pete Doherty performing in custom Dior Homme in London, 2004Courtesy of Celine

A look back at Hedi Slimane’s musical collaborations

Ahead of tomorrow’s Celine show, we revisit some of the times the designer collaborated with figures from the world of music

If you know anything about Hedi Slimane – besides his skinny tailoring and ability to ruffle feathers with some very minor typographic changes – it’s probably that music forms the heart of much of his design.

From London: Birth of a Cult, the 2005 photobook which was a study of Pete Doherty, Babyshambles, and the London scene, to his Saint Laurent Music Project, which featured legends like Joni Mitchell and Marilyn Manson, Slimane has spent his career aligning himself with some of music’s biggest names.

Beyond photography, that’s extended onto the stage. Since his Dior Homme days, Slimane has dressed musicians for live shows. At the 2002 CDFAs, where Slimane was the first menswear designer to receive the CFDA International Designer award, none other than David Bowie, whom Hedi dressed for his tours, presented the designer with the award. This very week he dressed Keith Richards in Celine for the opening show of the Rolling Stones’ US tour in Chicago – a partnership that’s set to continue as the tour unfolds. 

Ahead of tomorrow’s Celine menswear show, check out the gallery above for some on-stage shots.