Under the creative helm of artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s recent collections go beyond fashion statements to take on cultural movements such as feminism.
After referencing powerful muses Georgia O’Keeffe and Niki de Saint Phalle, the latest autumn/winter 2018 collection is a nod to the 1968 student protest in Paris.
Chiuri found an archive picture from the changing times of the late 1960s of young women holding a protest outside a Dior boutique with placards bearing the words “Mini Skirts Forever”, which became a starting point for the collection.
Magazine covers, posters and slogans such as “female rights are human rights” covered the show’s venue at Musée Rodin. Echoing the graphic collage of the set, patchworks are plentiful from flowing dresses matched with biker boots to reworked denim ensembles.
The empowering messages that highlight freedom and independence are woven into this collection. Ruth Bell opens the show with a slogan jumper that reads “C’est Non, Non, Non et Non!”– a print from Dior’s archives.
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Uniforms such as pleated kilts of different lengths are matched with masculine jackets in luxurious fashion. Crochets from the ’60s make a decadent return with Dior treatment this season. Organza dresses embellished with woollen embroideries, parkas featuring delicate floral embroideries, and kilts rendered in point d’esprit highlight the craftsmanship of the haute couturier.
Chiuri’s signature tulle skirts, slogan tops as well as headpieces – pageboy caps this season created in collaboration with Stephen Jones – are also featured.
We love the return of the classic Dior saddle bag reinterpreted by Chiuri’s magic mind. Beautiful embellished embroideries and patchworks are updated with brass CD hardware for a modern look.
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Spotted in the front row were celebrities Cara Delevingne and Olivia Palermo, as well as Angelababy from Hong Kong.