Since physical haute couture shows were canceled this season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maria Grazia Chiuri decided to produce Christian Dior’s first haute couture presentation online.
She tapped Italian director Matteo Garrone who directed last year’s Pinocchio, to create a short surrealist movie titled ‘’Le Mythe Dior’’, taking us on a wordless journey to a wood filled with fairy-tale creatures like a siren, nymphs, a faun and a woman emerging from a giant shell and wearing house staples like vaporous ballgown, draped Grecian column dress, diaphanous gown or pleated Bar jacket.
The Chiuri’s idea for the season was inspired by the ”Théâtre de la Mode”, a traveling theater of miniature fashions devised by the Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne after World War II to revive an industry ravaged by wartime shortages and German occupation. Miniature dresses and tailleurs by 60 French couturiers and their mannequins toured European cities in 1945, and the event was reprised in the U.S. the following year, raising funds for French war survivors in the process.
Like the ‘’Théâtre de la Mode’’ wonders of 75 years ago, the Dior studio workers and the Chiuri’s team are making two sets of 37 outfits, each reproduced at 40 percent of the original size.
Her Fall/Winter 2020 Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior was inspired by female Surrealist figures such as Dora Maar, Leonora Carrington, Jacqueline Lamba and Lee Miller – famous 20th-century women who are often remembered by history for their beauty or for their independence of mind and their artistic sense.
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