Dior Spring/Summer 2017 Couture Collection
January 29, 2017
In her first season as the artistic director of the women’s collection for the house of Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspiration emerges from the mysterious twists and turns of a labyrinth, irregular and almost impenetrable like a secret garden.
In this collection, she perceived her adventure into the heart of the Dior world as being akin to entering a labyrinth, the way sprinkled with the flowers, plants and allegorical images that form part of the iconography of these places but which at the same time, reference the imagination of Christian Dior who wrote of them: “After women flowers are the most divine of creations. They are so delicate and charming, but they must be used carefully.” The result is evening dresses in changeant and powdery colors (mauve, blue, pink, gray) which evoke the passing of the seasons and of life itself, and whose layers of tulle trap exquisite flowers, like those we preserve in our most prized herbariums.
Maria Grazia Chiuri embraces the art of divination, transforming it to embellish her creations: embroidered stars stand out against gold-colored tulle, tarot symbols are hand-painted on the white panels of long dresses. This white can be found inside a black coat, and adds a further element to the feminine tuned. The Bar jacket is deconstructed. Pleated, roomy culottes have satin on the side, and the Domino coat an imposing black velvet hood. This voyage is guided by a desire for beauty where losing oneself is a necessary step to challenging oneself and evolving.