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Dior brings something new to every season. Ever since the first show on 12 February 1947 – introducing the New Look – the House has continued to assert its vision through elegant, structured, and infinitely feminine collections.

When Christian Dior opened his couture house in October 1946, he was 41 years old and had already accumulated a wealth of experience. After a sheltered upbringing in Granville, Normandy, he opened an art gallery in Paris, then trained as a dress designer at Lucien Lelong. These experiences shaped his culture and honed his tastes. In a post-war context of deprivation and rationing, Dior had just one obsession: to allow women to rediscover joy, elegance and beauty. In only ten years, from 1947 to 1957, Christian Dior revolutionized the conventions of elegance and femininity, designing collections infused with dreams and enchantment. The man who set out to be an architect offered women his vision of beauty through elegant lines, his name eventually becoming synonymous with French luxury all around the world.

Today this heritage is reinterpreted in ever more daring and inventive ways by his successors, who revisit the House’s iconic codes season after season; from haute couture to ready-to-wear for women, men and children, along with accessories, footwear, leather goods, perfumes, jewelry, watches, makeup and skincare.

For this Autumn-Winter 2018-2019 Ready-to-Wear collection, magnificent woollen embroideries appear on organza dresses, jeans are reworked and printed, bags are inspired by the House’s archives, with an ethnic shoulder strap or patchworks made of fabrics drawn from the same heritage: these pieces become veritable windows on the world. This act of cutting loose and choosing one’s own image is precisely what Maria Grazia Chiuri sets out for the women of today. Kilts come in different lengths, but also in unexpected materials like point d’esprit, and are paired with masculine jackets or small coats.

 

Photos Credit :

Dior Autumn/Winter 2018-19 looks: © Morgan O’Donovan

Photo w/ model in tailleur Bar: © Association Willy Maywald/ADAGP, Paris 2018

Photo of Dior Montaigne facade: © Adrien Dirand

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