Back in September, we wrote about Christian Dior’s new Artistic Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, and her quest for feminist fashion.
This week, Dior revealed their haute couture line for Spring/Summer at Paris Fashion Week, and Chiuri has really shown that she has the moxie and talent to carry the fashion giant’s torch in the age of #metoo. In a room decked out with huge floating body parts inspired by Surrealist artist Leonor Fini, the show was a celebration of the female form in all of its complexities.
The collection is feminine but modern, full of sweeping tulle skirts paired with bold checkers and eye-catching abstract patterns in black and white. In lieu of jewelry, the models wore temporary tattoos of quotes in French by writer Andre Breton, a subtle but somehow perfect complement to the flowing ball gowns they were paired with. Chiuri is masterful with the female silhouette, playing with high-collared bodices made with gorgeous latticework over a sheer background.
A definite step up from the fashion house’s ready-to-wear collection in the fall, this runway revealed a different Dior, one that manages to be classic and challenging at the same time. One can only wait, with bated breath, to see what Chiuri will accomplish next time.