Paris Fashion Week: Dior Spring/Summer 2021

Lindsay Judge   |   30 - 09 - 2020

Dior opened Paris Fashion Week yesterday with a presentation of its Spring/Summer 2021 collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri.

 

The Creative Director continues her committed reflection on the origins of fashion and the meaning of cut and creation, taking inspiration from the work of Lucia Marcucci; and Italian visual artist and writer who was behind the set design for this show. She chose to use the idea of collage and visual poetry as a new space for expression.

 

The showspace featured Series of 24 collages arranged in 6 columns, each 7m high. Created in a stained glass effect, printed on backlit transparent acrylic.

 

 

Presented to a live audience in Paris, the ready-to-wear pieces mirrored this space for expression as Chiuri opened the world of her imagination with this colourful and refreshing offering.

 

 

Patchworks of scarves in a mix of prints including Paisley and floral print were worn off-set by lace details, embroidery and soft flowing fabrics.

 

 

This collection felt fresh and modern with a touch of tradition. Key pieces such as the white shirt, blazer, kimono style jacket and tunic dress made the basis for the collection, while the beauty was in the details; the choice of fabrics, the clashing colours, the accessories that brought each look together.

 

 

The colour palette was soft and dreamy while the choice of materials was fluid and relaxed; placing both wearability and comfort at the forefront of the collection.

 

 

Maria Grazia Chiuri revisits the concept of clothing in its essence – those key pieces that are so crucial to our wardrobe today and celebrates the skills of cultures from around the world: from Japan to Indonesia, it was clear to see the mental journey the designer had been on when taking cultural influences for these pieces. At a time when physical travel is difficult, this allows as to dream.

 

 

The show was accompanied by a unique visual work created by filmmaker Aline Marazzi, a tribute to Lucia Marcucci’s vision, this film intertwines images and words weaving a captivating hymn to the power of feminine thought and sewing.

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