by Ari Stein in New Products on Tuesday 1 July 2008

From the cutting rooms of Dior through to the backstages of the Babyshambles, and even These New Puritans, it seems former Dior designer Hedi Slimane has seen it all. But his newly published photography concept book — Rock Diary — leaves me asking many questions about the symbiosis of fashion and music, especially the glorification of renowned drug addict Pete Doherty. There are some beautiful pictures of pure unadulterated youth, but overall this seems like a very late catch on to the very fashion orientated music scene in London. As Slimane himself notes, ‘I started taking pictures before I even began in fashion. I didn’t start with clothes until I was 16, but I had my first camera when I was 11. I’ve always taken pictures, almost like some people take notes or write down their thoughts’.
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