Christian Dior recently celebrated its special connection to China with the brand’s spring-summer 2018 haute couture show at Shanghai’s Minsheng Art Museum about a week ago. For the presentation, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the Dior women’s collections designed twelve new looks for the capsule collection.
According to the fashion house, Chiuri’s creations were inspired by fans. Fans, from the orient, is an epitome of grace and delicacy, already served as a source of inspiration for Christian Dior himself – as shown by the evening dress named Francis Poulenc, part of his spring/summer 1950 collection, which Chiuri reinterpreted in Shangai.
The fan also symbolizes the cultural and artistic exchange between Europe and China. For his spring-summer 1950 collection, Dior reinterpreted the accessory to create an ivory silk taffeta evening dress, Francis Poulenc. This iconic piece has been revisited by Maria Grazia Chiuri, along with such other emblematic designs as Vénus and Junon.
“These dresses bear extraordinary witness to a certain taste, and a Dior identity, that are timeless. Their 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,” observes Maria Grazia Chiuri.
In tribute to China, some pieces in the collection were also made in red, such as ball gowns and a tuxedo decorated with a pleated cape, “a colour that Monsieur Dior liked a lot. It’s also a colour that can be found in lacquerware, an exceptional art form typical of East Asian traditions, which immediately evokes the timeless atmosphere of Imperial China. 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”, explained Maria Grazia Chiuri at the event, which was fully focused on the market of this country, crucial, now more than ever, in the luxury industry.
A look at the breathtaking Orient inspired collection by Dior…
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