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Here’s why we’re still obsessing over Dior’s Spring/Summer ’21 show

Maria Grazia Chiuri continues to showcase her love for the origins of fashion with a Spring/Summer '21 collection...

Considered to be one of the most anticipated shows of the season, Dior kicked off Paris Fashion Week with a Spring/Summer ’21 collection crafted by Maria Grazia Chiuri — and we’re still obsessing over it.

As always, the female Creative Director (a first for the maison) has aced expression in beautiful forms. Her fascination with art, poetry, feminism and strong leaderships often dominate every collection that comes forth and for Spring/Summer ’21, it’s no different.

Inspired by the work of Lucia Marcucci — also responsible for the show’s scenography — Chiuri looked to the Italian avant-garde’s use of collage and poetry, and visualized it into patchworks of scarves (spotted in both paisley and floral motifs) and reimagining the heritage of Dior’s iconic silhouettes, such as the Bar Jacket.

From there, the seasonal collection came punctuated with a chorus of sartorial desires including dresses, pants, men’s shirts, sleek coats and plenty of fluid silhouettes, centralised with a bohemian-like aesthetic.

The collection developed Chiuri’s passion for discovering the origins of fashion as she revisits the concept of clothing by celebrating different skills from around the world, ranging from Japan to Indonesia.

This is evidently seen in the form of a unique visual work such as warp-print weaving known as Endek. The ancestral Indonesian iteration is just an example of how Dior is committed to working hand-in-hand with these local experts.

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The Spring/Summer ’21 collection unfolded to a commanding choral work by composer Lucia Ronchetti, as 12 members of Sequenza 9.3 perfomed ‘Sangu di Rosa’, each dressed in a custom-designed dress printed with a manifesto from a work by Marcucci. Responsible for the stunning stained glass windows in the backdrop, the Italian visual artist created a series of 24 collages arranged in 6 columns (each repeated 3 times), using a technique that gave a stained glass effect, printed on backlit transparent acrylic.


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