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Hedi Slimane Taking Break From Fashion to Focus on Photography

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Illustration by Hilton Dresden

The famed creative director is leaving fashion to focus on his personal passions.

Hedi Slimane, former creative director of Saint Laurent and, before that, Dior Homme, announced today through The New York Times that he'll be taking a hiatus from fashion design to pursue his longtime love for photography.

"Naturally, photography will always be there, however I never intended to stop designing," he said in the rare interview. "I never said I will stop designing in the future."

Thankfully, it sounds like we don't have to worry that the incomparable talent will never again grace us with his sharp perspective on silhouette and structure, although one thing is certain: there's no solo "Hedi Slimane" brand on its way.

He continues: "My own name was always off limits, entirely dedicated to photography. It is a necessity for me, and reasonable, to create clear, legitimate and protective creative territories and boundaries."

In addition to shooting all his own campaigns while head of Saint Laurent, Slimane has taken on big photo projects, such as shooting Grimes for the cover of Dazed & Confused (See, below):

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Hedi Slimane for Dazed

He's also completed a photo project for V Magazine, "New York Diary," which captures the best of NYC's music scene, and long upkept his own personal photo blog, "Hedi Slimane Diary."

Read Slimane's full NY Times interview, here.

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