For the first time ever, Dior’s Artistic Director is a woman. Maria Grazia Chiuri showcased her first Haute Couture collection this week, in celebration of women everywhere. Under Maria’s guidance, the Atelier delivered a collection that felt like a Mid Summer Night’s Dream. Modern, yet rich is classic shapes. Liberating and unforgettable.
The inspiration for the collection was labyrinth. Maria Grazia Chiuri perceived her adventure into the world of Dior as being akin to entering a labyrinth, her path scattered with flowers and beautiful plants. She referenced the imagination of Christian Dior throughout the collection who wrote, “After women, flowers are the most divine of creations.”
If you have watched the documentary, Dior and I (which is a MUST) about Raf Simon’s first Couture collection for Dior in 2014, you understand the countless hours that go into creating these beautiful pieces. I loved the ultra feminine tuxedos at the opening of the show, along with the evening gowns made from layers and layers of tulle in powdery mauve, blue, pink, gray. The gowns featured embroidery and hand-painted details, all accented by Stephen Jones’ hats and masks, creating a gothic, punk edge.
Located in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, boxwood hedging, shrubs and bushes came together to make a modern maze. The set was filled with twists and turns with the moss-covered flooring reflected in the mirrored ceiling. Tarot cards and amulets dangled throughout the room.
Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, created glowing skin on each model. Delicate stars were placed on the model’s face, emphasizing her luminosity and sensuality. ‘I delved into the mysterious atmosphere and the play on seduction in this collection, which presents the ‘hide & reveal’ aspect of a masked ball. The sophistication of Stephen Jones’ creations and the masks on some of the looks were also a source of inspiration for creating a poetic gaze. This is a young woman with a modernised pre-Raphaelite beauty.’ -Peter Philips
Images courtesy of Dior