Dior travelled to Shanghai for their 2018 Haute Couture collection and we have an exclusive look at how the gown that closed the show was created.
Inspired by the Surrealist movement and presented in January at the Musée Rodin in Paris, this collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri sees the addition of twelve new designs for the occasion. As an object of refinement, the fan influenced the creation of these exclusives looks including the finale dress.
This isn’t the first time a fan was looked to for inspiration, Christian Dior himself used it for the Miss Dior campaign in 1950’s. This time round, Grazia Chiuri modernised the take on the fan and added a Dior signature to the dress that took many hours to stitch by hand. She said:
“The construction consists of interplays of layering, pleating and curves that recall the shape of a fan. Redefined for a contemporary audience, these dresses show that the language of fashion is still extremely pertinent, powerful and understandable in different places around the world.”
Remaining pieces paid tribute the connection between the French house and China with several looks produced in red, such as ball gowns and a tuxedo decorated with a pleated cape. Grazia Chiuri explained:
“Monsieur Dior loved the colour red. For him, red represented energy, a positive force, the very color of life. Red is also associated with lacquerware, an exceptional art form typical of East Asian traditions. The glossy surface immediately evokes the timeless appeal of imperial China. The use of red allowed me to enhance the Dior heritage, and link it with a faraway and fascinating culture.”
Watch the making of the final look below and click through the gallery above for the full 2018 Haute Couture runway.