Kim Jones x Nikolai von Bismarck – The Dior Sessions V&A review

With Kim jones arguably the most prominent menswear designer of the current time and certainly one of the top designers in the past decade with his stint at dior and louis vuitton when the chance came about to sit in a talk alongside the impressive nikolai von bismarck it was something i couldn’t turn down. the foundation of the talk was to discuss their newly released ‘the dior sessions’ book. The book consists of a one hundred black and white exclusive images shot by nikolai across kim’s first year at dior. With a consistent ambiance and theme throughout the shoots it creates a collection to admire. this combined with a wide variety of subjects ranging from models to princes to rappers results in a tangible experience of kim jones as a person and the pull he has. at dior. With a consistent ambiance and theme throughout the shoots it creates a collection to admire. this combined with a wide variety of subjects ranging from models to princes to rappers results in a tangible experience of kim jones as a person and the pull he has. 

The talk itself covered a variety of subjects ranging from the origins of the book, which started with kim having a desire to document his reign at dior from the first day after ‘feeling a real connection’ to kim’s new watch (which was ‘a present to himself’ to great anecdotes about some of the more difficult characters they had to deal with  

Several stories were told around the shoots which were shot all across the world from japan to paris, with the first taking place after kim’s first dior show in Paris. The more interesting stories involved the build up to the shoots with nikolai confirming the prep behind it was so extensive they’d know exactly the best angles to shoot the subject and what clothes and backdrop they were going to have and wear as well. This was well needed where the time constraints were so slim at times, with a prominent anecdote being about david beckham where they literally had a 7 minute gap before one of kim’s shows to shoot (japan), but where david was such a natural from hundreds of shoots previously he knew exactly what he was doing so they managed to rush it through. 

the most important aspect of the book is that all of the proceeds will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity close to the hearts of both Bismarck and Jones. You can see some of the personal accounts from the people that were part of the process in the below video released by Dior. 

You can listen to the full talk below, albeit in sub-standard quality (apologies for that, it was quite difficult to get away with recording!)