“What if Women ruled the world?” This was the question plastered on the wall at Dior’s spring/summer Haute Couture show in Paris yesterday and also the basis of inspiration for Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri.
A self-acclaimed feminist, Chiuri is known for posing bold statements and questions through her shows and this season was no different.
The Creative Director took inspiration from iconic American artist Judy Chicago who asked the exact same question through her artwork. A proud feminist, Chicago was a pioneer of her time, highlighting the idea of femininity through her work.
The collection itself was a presentation of elegance. Taking inspiration from Ancient Greek times the drape became a key element to Chiuri’s designs which she combined with Dior’s codes. The designer modernised classic representations of goddesses and bad theme wearable for today.
There was a key hue of gold running through the designs which shone on the runway. The collections key motif – ears of wheat were designed to recall women’s creative force.
We saw a new interpretation of the classic Dior Bar jacket, this time in rich gold with a matching skirt.
Evening dresses were goddess-like and paired with gladiator sandals, signifying power and strength. Floaty materials and long draping capes were almost superhero-like, while tassels, layering and origami-style pleats added a feminine touch to the looks.
Models wore crowns, headbands and strong statement gold jewellery that took inspiration from ancient body armour.
This strong and bold collection shone a light once again on Maria Grazia Chiuri’s vision to empower women through fashion.