The Dior Show
Maria Grazia Chiuri is the Creative Director of Dior.
Christian Dior never piqued my interest post-John Galliano, as those were the peak days of high fashion designs and high fashion models. Post-2010, Dolce & Gabbana, as well as Versace, were the ‘it’ shows of the season to see.
The rise of House Dior during 2016, with the re-imagination of the saddlebag, caught my eye. It was all because of Maria Chiuri who joined Dior in 2016. Her fresh outlook on fashion, coupled with her outspoken activism is quite possibly what saved the brand from the sunken place.
The quantity of looks in the show indicates that she is more than capable of keeping up with the range, our fast paces society demands. The attention to detail on her dresses, jackets, and bags was also an indication that she was capable of balancing quality and quantity. She doesn’t sacrifice her talent, because she wants to put a lot of material into her show.
Her bags by the way are absolutely gorgeous. See below for some of my favourites.
Before the first model walked out, you could see a feminists’ dream fighting arena. Consent was thrown in your face? Oh my goodness you love to see it. We love to see it. The Dior show had other messages draped from the ceiling, one of my favourites being “When women strike the world stops”.
The first look was very business appropriate. Modern-day women will show you how to wear a pantsuit, sometimes better than men! Women are now becoming CEOs, members of important committees and world leaders. It was nice to see the subliminal feminist messages, embedded in the show.
This collection felt modern. Fashion is subjective and creative. The inclusion of feminism here feels inclusive; forward marching even. Progressive instead of regressive.
Modernism is all about technology, and improving efficiency. At a fashion show, the goal of the creative director is to show us what is to come for the season. Miss Chiuri said, “I’m here to show you girls what you’ve been missing. I will let you know that I believe women rock at the same time, and that is that on that. If you don’t like it, please see security to let you out”. I guess that means, this season is all about allowing women to take charge.
The show didn’t include any big faces in fashion at the moment. You know what. Good Maria Chiuri. Let Maria’s raw talent shine through. It is clearly paying off because Dior has really made a comeback since her arrival at the fashion house. Dior is making noise on a streetwear level, and that is a big indicator of success to me. If your designs can travel past Hollywood, and other fishbowl style industries, you’ve created something of purpose.
I am very proud of her, and everything she has achieved in fashion so far, and can’t wait to see what else she comes up with.
This was a gorgeous show with a lovely embedded message, that shows how much of an unapologetic supporter of women she is. Bravo for a show well put together and forcing the viewer to put their sole attention on her creation of the moment.
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