Christian Dior Fall 2018 Couture

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Christian Dior, the well-known French fashion house, recently showcased their Falls 2018 Couture Collection. Having been designed by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the collection was by all accounts a crowd-pleaser. Defined by classic silhouettes and other traditional features of an atelier collection.

In a way, this outcome makes perfect sense. Especially when one considers that Chiuri read “Atelier: Places of Thought and Creation” by Elizabeth Orsini and took the book as her principle inspiration. As WWD so eloquently describes; “couture is about the client and a special dress, or coat, suit, something. The client “responds to because of the way it looks” or the way it makes them feel, they instinctively understand that there is “no other item precisely the same anywhere on Earth.”

The line largely consists of a variety of shades in rose, beige, navy etc. The models made their way down the catwalk sporting sleek silhouette, defined by simple, traditionally feminine outlines. For example, there were different variations of black and beige dresses, most cinched in at the waist. The fabric was often delicate, draped, and gossamer. More than a few looks were finished off with a beret.

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There may perhaps be some criticism toward this particular collection for being somewhat simple. After all, it is certainly a far cry from the fantastical, at times avant-garde creations we are used to seeing at many couture presentations.

However, it must be noted that Chiuri was all about subtlety when designing the clothes: “Couture is about something hidden. If you go to the atelier, you want to take care of yourself and know someone will take care of you.”

In a sense, one could certainly see a bit of a retro influence on the designs. The color palette, as well as the elegant frames defined by the waists, seems to harken back to the 1950s and Dior’s iconic “New Look.”

But, Chiuri was quick to point out that despite the traditional look of her designs, she only had the future in mind. She was very verbal on the private relationship between the atelier and the client, wanting to provide some return to the days of interaction outside of social media. “We have this big opportunity to work with a different definition of time. Craftsmanship is long; it is a dream for a future.”

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Proud Latina Feminist. My likes include strong coffee, watching the previews that come on before the movie, and things that come in pretty packages. I've been a bibliophile and fashion lover since well before I could read or tie my own shoes.

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