The all-black Fall/Winter 2019-2020 show begins with a woman in a white t-shirt dress that reads, “Are clothes modern?”
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a little literary obsession from Christian Dior’s artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, who used quotes as temporary tattoos in one of her recent collections. This particular quotation, however, comes from Austrian-American writer Bernard Rudofsky, whose writings inspired this decadent Haute Couture collection at Paris Fashion Week. You’d think a nearly all-black show would grow a little stale, but Chiuri’s eye for texture, utilizing feathers, tulle, ribbed corsetry, and all things that glitter, will remind you just how rich and versatile the color black can be. (You’ll be impressed alone by the sheer number of ways Dior found to utilize fishnet.)
This collection was everything your inner teenage goth could have dreamed, and everything your sophisticated demi-monde sensibilities could drool over. And Fashion Week has only begun.