Christian Dior Haute Couture FW2019-2020
“I could write a book about black,” said Christian Dior in his Little Dictionary of Fashion. The power of the colour black knows no boundaries and takes shape in many different ways in fashion and in life. True to form, Maria Grazia Chiuri embraces the codes of the House and breathes new life to the very words spoken by Christian Dior. Designing a collection that consisted mainly of black hues (that was further magnified by a slither of shimmery silver and luxurious shades of luminous burgundy and more) Maria Grazia Chiuri returns to the roots of the House; celebrating a conceptual vision of Haute Couture as an art form destined to dress bodies – each achieving a unique look based on the individual.
The show opened with a model walking out in a white Grecian-like tunic that bore the words “Are Clothes Modern?” by renowned architect Bernard Rudofsky, followed by a crushing slew of black and hints of opulent colours amongst the night sea. Out came dresses that were structured, fluid and flowed with ease. Comfort, above all else seems to be deeply embedded in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s design DNA and it is increasingly refreshing to see this ethos come to life throughout. One can be chic, fashionable and still be comfortable. If this doesn’t speak to the hearts of the modern women today, what will? Several updated interpretations of the iconic Bar Jacket were also on show, a nod to the heritage of the House that solidified the whole collection altogether – it was Dior after all.
The final look closed with a model “dressed” in a golden dollhouse fashioned after the Maison’s birthplace at 30, Avenue Montaigne. The resulting vision was art-like. Seeing as the show itself was held in Dior’s very own hôtel particulier, the look was anything but out of touch and amplified the very inspirations and ideas Chiuri presented on the runway. Everything starts from a foundation (in this case, the beating heart of Dior at 30, Avenue Montaigne) and synonymous with architecture, couture is brought to life in a variety of intriguing yet familiar facades: distinct form, structure and support come together, solidified and represented by the women who wear the clothes.