Behold our report on Christian Dior’s show in “the world of the dead” and the most striking items of the couture collection.
The new collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, the brand’s creative director, was inspired by caryatides that support ancient temples and adorn Parisian buildings, and their feminine lines that seemingly hold the weight of the world draped in tunics. Thoughts on caryatides that are just parts of columns and women who still play auxiliary roles for the society inspired the designer to study traditions of tailoring female suits.
Feminist artist Penny Slinger converted the famous space at 30 Avenue Montaigne into the world of the dead where everything goes back to the natural elements. Instead of the usual catwalk the models went up and down dark marble stairs and walked past a mythical tree tangles in lianas. Having studied the history of clothes — from pharaoh’s collars to Puritans’ dresses, from Greek togas to modern pantsuits — Maria Grazia Chiuri glorifies female beauty and pays respect to all that women went through. Almost all items of “Are Clothes Modern” collection are finished in black. The designer’s mastery gave the collection a consistent style and rendered it adherent to all modern trends. Every complex character is made by combining thick and light fabrics, embroidery, veils, and play of textures. Trends still favour large golden jewelry pieces, chokers made of fabric or precious materials, and irregular-shaped pearls. Many characters paid homage to the laidback style by wearing mono earrings and laced sandals.
All styles may be perfectly applied in real life, which means that we will see it in the streets soon. Should you not feel philosophical enough by now then please enjoy “Les Dites Cariatides” by Agnès Varda which also served as a source of inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Written by Polina Vorobyova
Translated by Tony Savosin