Dior: the multiple femininity

Maria Grazia Chiuri, the new Artistic Director of Christian Dior, presented last week in Paris, the collection Dior Spring Summer 2018. She became the first woman to occupy this post since the brand was founded in 1946.

And the first look sets the tone. Denim and feminism make the pair on this young silhouette where the “sailor” top is accompanied by the slogan “Why have there been no great women artists?”

                             Credit Photos: © Morgan O’Donovan

For this season, more than ever, the Italian designer places the Woman at the heart of her inspirations, a strong, fragile woman who makes motocross, put on a dress that shines, undresses, assumes her darkside but also knows how to be irresistibly chic.

Credit Photos: © Morgan O’Donovan

Double-breasted jackets, jeans and caps share the podium with tulle skirts, some motorcyclist silhouettes – all clad in leather – and a series of sequined dresses that give pride of place to the incandescent femininity of the house.

During her research in the Dior archives, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the women’s collections, had her interest piqued by a series of photographs of Niki de Saint Phalle.

At the time of the liberation of women, Niki de Saint Phalle threw herself into a close relationship with art, the world and herself. Like all artists, she was driven by her emotions.

And it is this feminine creativity that speaks to Maria Grazia Chiuri. She takes Niki de Saint Phalle’s exuberantly colorful palette and to make it dialogue with lace, silk, leather or plastic.

The Dior collection presents Embodying the beauty of her time, more adolescent than androgynous, small and fiery, she exhibits a style of dressing very Parisien in an iconic but very modern version.

A beautiful collection where Maria Grazia proves definitely that “there are great women artists”!      

Credit Photos: © Morgan O’Donovan

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