By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
The Dior spring 2018 collection was shown on the first day of Paris Fashion Week. Maria Grazia Chiuri brought a different twist as regards her previous politically-tinged shows.
It has 80 Pieces which was meant to challenge the status quo, celebrate inspirational women in the arts, and of course, spark a dialogue through graphic T-shirts (that will surely fly off the shelves come spring 2018). Ahead, everything you need to know about the latest Dior show.
The venue of the show was in the gardens of the Rodin Museum. Inspired by artist Niki de Saint Phalle, the massive venue was akin to the Tarot Garden, a fourteen-acre sculpture park de saint Phalle built atop ruins in Tuscany during the ‘70s. It took Dior 20 days, 80,000 pieces of mirror, 7.2 tons of coated concrete to create the set for the show.
The inspiration: In addition to Niki de Saint Phalle’s pieces, Linda Nochlin’s “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” essay (more on that later) and the swinging ‘60s inspired Chiuri – hence the mini dresses, mod boots, and Mary Jane shoes.
The politics in Fashion: First it was “We Should All Be Feminists” and how the thought – provoking shirt of the season read “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artist?” a direct reference to historian Linda Nochlin’s 1971 essay on patriarchy’s effect on art. Sasha Pivovarova opened the show wearing the Breton-striped shirt that also served as a commentary on a similar issue in the Fashion industry.
The Accessories: A pro in this area, Chiuri’s accessories for this collection were the obvious standout. Walkable heels, cool-girl sunglasses, patterned handbags, and even stacked friendship bracelets will be the must-haves for next season.
The dresses: Short and sheer was the name of the game-expected after hearing Chiuri’s retro inspiration. Which one will we see on Jennifer Lawrence during her next promo tour?
Check out the collection in the slides above