Christian Dior paid homage to feminist movements in its latest fashion collection.
Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled her fall/winter 2018-2019 collection at the Musee Rodin on Tuesday afternoon (27Feb18), showing as part of Paris Fashion Week.
In the show notes, label representatives explained that Chiuri wanted to celebrate youthquakers, the 1960s movement that challenged conventions of the time, as well as second-wave feminism and the events of 1968.
“Anniversaries can be triggers for exceptional memories. Remembering is also about reinventing and imagining. Fifty years after the urgency and creativity that the year 1968 bought, this is an opportunity for Maria Grazia Chiuri to revive an era when the rules of fashion were turned on their head,” they said. “Indeed, thanks to this emulation which stimulated the emergence of new ideas, creativity for creativity’s sake, the cut-up technique and travel as means of discovering others but also oneself, youth occupies a place at the centre of the scene.”
Models winded through guests sat on benches, including Cara Delevingne, in a room entirely covered with posters containing feminist iconography, magazine imagery, and the slogans, “I am a woman” and “Women’s rights are human rights”.
The show opened with a model sporting a purple and red tartan skirt and jacket, along with leather boots and a black cap. A procession of similar outfits followed, with the line-up including kilts in different lengths embroidered with the label’s branding and matched with rocker-inspired T-shirts, pleated skirts with tartan and organza panels, and splashes of silver fabrics.
Knitwear was a large element of the collection, with sweaters featuring the peace symbol, as were patchwork fabrics, which were used in blazers, coats, and shirts.
Chiuri also injected a rock chic vibe into several looks, pairing fluffy coats with minidresses, and had all models wear glasses made from yellow, orange and red plastic.
She matched unexpected fabrics together as well, such as point d’esprit on masculine jackets and small coats, and used woollen embroideries on organza dresses, with all items styled to counterbalance the idea of a uniform.
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