Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to Christian Dior‘s globalist philosophy on the design process of couture, which she found written in his autobiography. After traveling the World post WWII, Mr. Dior had traveled many parts of the world, including Japan, and parts of South America, and believed that that the sum total of a collection should address all types of women in all countries.
Instead of taking a literalist approach via appropriating cultures, Chiuri took a much more sophisticated look from a (mostly western) traveler’s perspective, at what collectively defines us and connects us all as women across borders. The resulting looks were cosmopolitan, classic creations in mostly gray. And still very French. There’s a healthy balance of tailored pieces with a bit of heft to them, worn with brogues or ankle boots and fedoras a la Carmen Sandiego off on an adventure with the softer sheer balletic style skirts.
Of course, dreamy Dior gowns were also delivered with scrumptious textured effects on timeless vintage A-line silhouettes. Consider me a fan. Cinch my waist and give me some intricately worked tulle to twirl in, and I will worship you, Monsieur Dior…I mean, Madame Chiuri.
Outstanding how Chiuri took velvet as the outdated upholstery material and somehow managed to make it so lightweight, that it breezed down the runway in off the shoulder silky moments. Brava!
Photos by Giovanni Giannoni – WWD