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EXCLUSIVE: Kim Jones Commissions Hajime Sorayama Sculpture for Tokyo Show

TOKYO — Kim Jones wowed his guests with the scale of his inaugural collection for Dior in June, and he shows no signs of downsizing. On Friday night he will unveil the brand’s first men’s pre-fall collection at a cavernous space on an island of reclaimed land in Tokyo Bay. The centerpiece of his runway? A 39-foot-tall gleaming sculpture of a robot woman by Japanese contemporary artist Hajime Sorayama.
“It has to be as big as a show in Paris. It has to be impressive, and it has to talk to the world, not just Japan,” Jones said. “That’s the key. It’s a global event. It’s shown at a time when people in different parts of the world can watch it live, too. That’s important. It’s as big as any other show.”
Jones, a lover of Japan and Japanese culture who has visited the country five times this year and around 100 times during his lifetime, said he has followed Sorayama’s work for years. When in Tokyo this summer, he visited an exhibition the artist was holding and met him in person. The following day, the two met again at Sorayama’s studio and began discussing a possible collaboration.
“It all happened incredibly fast. So

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