Bob Dylan Stars in Celine Homme "Portrait of a Performer" Campaign
Hedi Slimane, the current creative director of the French fashion house Celine, has always had a knack for the aesthetics of the rock and roll lifestyle: tight silhouettes here, leather there, and the use of large aviator sunglasses everywhere. This affinity for the liberated lifestyle continues to permeate Celine with its newest campaign star, Bob Dylan.
A part of the brand's "Portrait of a Performer" series, the folk-rock musician is immortalized in his home in Malibu, California by Slimane himself. In the black and white images, Dylan is seen holding a set of guitars, one acoustic and another a Gibson electric, as if he's strumming away. Though photographed in an intimate setting, his appearance remains elusive, as Dylan dons a set of dark-shaded sunglasses.
Dylan, whose musical accolades include a Novel Prize for Literature by the Swedish academy (2016) and America's highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by President Barack Obama, rarely makes camera appearances outside of concert footage.
Though, it makes sense that someone like Slimane can ask Dylan for an exception since the designer does more than copy and paste the rock aesthetics into his collection. With a separate, long career in photography that began in 2000, Slimane has taken unknown musical artists and photographed them as if they are rockstar legends. Aside from Bob Dylan, he has also lensed musical icons such as Keith Richards, Lou Reed, and the late Amy Winehouse.
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