This season, Maria Grazia Chiuri reflected on the relationship between clothing, the body, and fashion by delving into the storied history of Dior and paying homage to post-war forerunners of feminism, Catherine Dior, the sister of Christian Dior, and renowned French singers Édith Piaf and Juliette Gréco.
These extraordinary figures subverted feminine stereotypes with a wardrobe that “reappropriated their heritage and staged it in a narrative marked by physical emotion and the intense rhythm of poems.”
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At once strong and fragile, the collection addresses both the present and the 1950s. Mottled fabric interwoven with metallic thread renders it malleable and give pieces a vintage look. There is beauty in simplicity for the opening look: an open-necked white shirt tucked into a black pencil skirt; a smattering of tartan and prints; and a prominent presentation of all-black looks throughout that featured intentional wrinkling and a sense of modernity.
The austere, sexy collection was a refreshing counterpoint to the kaleidoscopic fabric installation titled Valkyrie Miss Dior—a proliferation of organic forms by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos that provided a cosy and protective environment in which the feminine realm of artisanal craft flourished. Maria Grazia Chiuri has her own way of empowering and uplifting women today; this collection is no exception.
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