Following previous team-ups with the likes of French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, Hermès has announced its latest limited edition scarf collaboration will be with Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto. The partnership is in honor of the third edition of the luxury label’s Hermès Editeur project, which intertwines the world of fine arts and crafts with the realm of textiles. Sugimoto’s limited edition silk scarves have been inspired by his “Colors of Shadow” project, and will be presented at the Art Basel contemporary art fair this June.
Hermès creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas and Sugimoto chose 20 of the artist’s Polaroids depicting color gradations to be printed by ink-jet on silk twill. The limited edition line will be small scale, with WWD reporting March 26 that only seven of each design will be produced. The first two series of Hermès Editeur comprised a series honoring Bauhaus artist Josef Albers and a scarf collection in 2010 featuring prints from Buren’s travels. Art Basel and its sister event Art Basel Miami Beach frequently attract big name fashion/artist collaborations, with the latter’s December 2011 edition showcasing Christian Dior’s collaboration with German artist Anselm Reyle on a collection of accessories including handbags and shoes.