The Artist Behind Giant Robot at Dior’s Show
Dior dazzled fashionistas two weeks ago with its Pre-AW19 men’s show in Tokyo, not only with designs. It’s time to know more about the sculpture that was in the spotlight along with designs.
Forty years ago, when Hajime Soroyama started drawing robots, drawing sexy female robots was not a thing at the time. So he started drawing this way because it was something new. This year, the Japanese artist, most famous globally for designing the original Sony AIBO robot dog, had a new challenge. Commissioned by the artistic director of Dior menswear Kim Jones, for the first time the artist had to create a large-scale statue, as he’d never done before.
The retro-futurist robot embodying an “idealized woman”, is based on the design from Soroyama’s 1983 book. The figure was carved from a block of styrofoam and then coated in multiple layers of aluminum paint, taking 16 people to assemble. The new menswear collection mirrored the high-tech, futurist vision set out by Sorayama's centerpiece, and Soyorama’s illustrations also made it as garment prints.