Only a year since her debut, Maria Grazia Chiuri is back with her third collection for Christian Dior. Chiuri hit the big stage at Paris Fashion Week this past Tuesday. According to Vogue, this is her most “exuberant collection up to date.”
The opening look featured a striped long-sleeve tee with black bolded text that read, “Why have there been no great women artists?” Christian Dior’s new collection was full of studded bags, checkered dresses, pea coats and high socks, and fishnet lace. Leather garments of blue, black, white and yellow color blocking were combined with lace-up heels. The use of zippers, dark chain necklaces, and fishnet-trimmed berets gave this show an edgy, yet feminist feel that was dripping with girl power.
The very first look out kicked off #MariaGraziaChiuri’s Spring-Summer 2018 collection with a powerful new statement! 'WHY HAVE THERE BEEN NO GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS?' – a provocative query by Linda Nochlin printed across a striped t-shirt. The model wearing it, Sasha Pivovarova, is also a noted artist, and an embodiment of the message that you can accomplish your ambitions if you believe in yourself, as our Artistic Director #MariaGraziaChiuri and collection inspiration Niki de Saint Phalle also successfully managed to do! #DiorSS18 #PFW
A staple piece in this line would be the denim beret with fishnet lace capped on top, hanging down just low enough to touch the model’s forehead. Paired with a tailored denim pant blazer and pants, it perfectly exhibited the 1970’s vibe Chiuri was trying to capture.
In response to being hailed for last year’s “feminist” collection, Chiuri says, “I think, in a way, when people point it out, they’re not recognizing that I have a talent. I’m not here because I’m a woman, but because I’m good at what I do.”
Christian Dior is known for being the founder of one of the world’s top fashion houses in Paris, France. Since his passing due to a heart attack in 1957, the brand’s celebrity-style, post-World War II look has lived on to see the Spring and Summer of 2018.
Relive the highlights of #MariaGraziaChiuri's Spring-Summer 2018 show held in a cavernous, dazzling wonderland inspired by the pioneering artist Niki de Saint Phalle whose work and style not only defined the look of the coming season, but also proved that women can make an indelible creative mark! #DiorSS18 #PFW
Paris Fashion Week, or “Semaine des Createurs du Mode” as the French call it, takes place twice a year. With some of the world’s largest fashion houses staked out in France and roughly only 100 shows to put out in, landing a runway presentation is not to be taken lightly. Designers from all over the world travel to Carrousel du Louvre, the host site, to put forth their latest and upcoming work. Christian Dior holds the advantage of already being an established French Fashion House. Chiuri is ready to be a curator of history for Christian Dior. Already having gained experience at Valentino, she was more than ready to take over as artistic director of Christian Dior.
However, a lot of work has gone into this transition. She delved deep into Mr. Dior’s archives to make sure she was capturing his essence in her looks. Choosing many ways of dress that she could relate to and go off of in her design process, Chiuri was ready to evoke emotions and create a story as well as a name for herself here at Paris Fashion Week.
Each style was accessorized right down to the thick eyeliner and glossy mascara on the model’s faces. Thick black sunglasses popped up throughout the presentation to reflect this edgy aesthetic. The Christian Dior name was even stitched onto the trim and sash of a checkered dress, showing that the founder’s legacy is indeed living on. The Spring and Summer showing of Christian Dior was bold, black and chic, creating a story and leaving a mark.
Listen as #MariaGraziaChiuri explains the concept behind her Dior Spring-Summer 2018 collection and how she arrived at what she humorously terms her "Niki de Saint Phalle New Look" following a creative journey through the intersection of the House's heritage with the pioneering artist's work and personal style. #DiorSS18 #PFW
Maria Grazia Chiuri was born in Italy. Surprisingly, she looks back to a time to when she questioned whether or not she’d ever land a gig as a designer. Doing work for Valentino prior to Dior, she has experience with big-name designer brands under her belt. For her SS 2018 collection, she took inspiration from French sculptress Niki de Saint Phalle but didn’t stray from the traditional Dior look.
Chiuri put out a sequined cocktail dress, reptilian printed jumpers and bags, and even a parka dress. This late sixties/early seventies vibe was perfectly portrayed to hold the loyalty of Christian Dior followers and gain a new audience as well.
In a house with such a feminine identity, a female artistic director provides a very personal insight into the needs and dreams of women, and our ateliers are perfectly placed to bring #MariaGraziaChiuri's sketches and wishes to life. Be sure to stay tuned in order to discover every detail, all to be revealed in just a few short hours! #DiorSS18 #PFW
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