CHRISTIAN DIOR has a 2019 Winter Collection that is hard to pass by. The collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, has delivered a much appreciated style for the sophisticated, modern woman. Although many expected an avant-garde collection with more symmetry, texture and patterns, DIOR changed the game by offering sleek, tailored monochromatic Womanswear befitting of Grace Kelley or Audrey Hepburn.
“The fall-winter 2019-2020 ready-to-wear collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri brings together the anti-establishment spirit of 1950s England with the New Look revolution. Discover the first pieces, a fascinating mix of classicism and subversion, of elegance and rebellion”
“You’re really speaking about the human touch here, like in couture”
Lights, cameras and floating candles illuminated the skies in MARRAKECH. As night fell over the city’s 16th century El Badi Palace and its pool and gardens, models – some wearing bandanas – showcased flowing gowns in maroon or black alongside patterned styles in fabrics from Ivory Coast, fashioned into the brand’s trademark synched suit jackets. Unusually for the French label, it commissioned an Abidjan-based firm to manufacture the cloth, which in its most elaborate form is printed on two sides, and which featured Toile de Jouy-style figures and landscapes Dior is known for. (Source: Reuters)
LVMH-owned Dior and other luxury brands are increasingly turning to elaborate or far-flung catwalk displays to emphasize their Cruise ranges, which tend to have a longer shelf life in store than other collections. With the Marrakech show, Dior also paid homage to the late Yves Saint Laurent, who took on the brand’s creative reigns in the late 1950s and was inspired by North Africa throughout his career. A museum dedicated to the designer, who went on to found his own label, opened in Marrakech in 2017. (Source: Reuters)
“You’re really speaking about the human touch here, like in couture,” Dior’s creative chief Maria Grazia Chiuri said in an interview in Paris ahead of the show. The fabrics, found across West Africa and showcasing symbols that are sometimes used as a form of language, had inspired the collection, she added. Designers Pathé Ouedraogo – or Pathe’O, from Burkina Faso, who is known for dressing Nelson Mandela – and Grace Wales Bonner, a British artist, also worked with Dior on pieces for the show, among other collaborators.
One of Africa’s leading designers, Pathé Ouédraogo — aka Pathé’O — provided one of the most powerful and persuasive voices, despite only producing one shirt. Since he launched his label in the early 90s, he’s dressed first ladies, heads of state, presidents, emerging cultural talents alike, and now he has created Dior Cruise 2020 look 58. Worn by Imari Karanja, the shirt was teamed with a frayed tapestry, pleated skirt, the collaboration embodied the whole collection’s identity. (Source: https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/neanmz/meet-the-dior-cruise-collaborator-who-dressed-nelson-mandela)