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  • Julio Le Parc’s scarves for Hermès, on display at the Museum der Kulturen, Basel.

  • Julio Le Parc x Hermès collection.

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Hermès collaborates with artist Julio Le Parc

Hermès creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas continues the brand’s series of creative collaborations with iconic artists, this time commissioning Argentina-born artist Julio Le Parc, famous for his kinetic and optic art experimentations, to create a collection of limited edition scarves. Pierre-Alexis Dumas became familiar with the influential work of Julio Le Parc after visiting his retrospective at the Palais de Tokyo in 2013. Dumas was immediately impressed by his supreme use of color and the freshness of his paintings and soon asked Le Parc to form part of the Hermès Éditeur, a series of collaborations that started as a homage to his grandfather Robert Dumas, the originator of the Hermès scarf, and which serve as a link between the brand’s craftsmanship and contemporary art.

For the occasion, Julio Le Parc chose to reinterpret six of the designs that originally appeared in his “La Longue Marche” (1974-1975) series, a study on the 14 colors of the chromatic prism, creating ten color variations of each design and transposing them onto silk. The new series is called “Variations autour de La Longue Marche” and includes 60 unique scarves, depicting curves and braided lines that merge into a huge, continuous wave. The scarves were recently displayed at the Museum der Kulturen in Basel, offering visitors the chance to experience firsthand Le Parc’s ability to create optical illusions through the use of geometric shapes and color, proving, at the same time, that the worlds of art and fashion are closer than ever.

I am particularly glad that Julio Le Parc’s long march has crossed with that of our house for the realization of this chromatic symphony on silk. These editions, each the result of several years’ development, are the realization of a dream, to forge links and create bridges between the world of manufacture and the world of art. These scarves establish the founding values for the future expression of Hermès Éditeur,” explained Pierre-Alexis Dumas. “It’s about journeys, encounters, circumstances and experiences,” added Le Parc about his collaboration with Hermès.

The hook up with Julio Le Parc follows previous collaborations with legendary painter Josef Alberts, conceptual artist Daniel Buren and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto, who all translated their creative vision into a series of one-of-a-kind scarves. The Julio Le Parc x Hermès collection in now available exclusively online, with each scarf priced at $7,900 USD. As for the ones that can’t afford a scarf, Hermès has also launched a special book in order to celebrate the collaboration, featuring all 60 designs and priced at $40.