Dior Fall Winter 2022 - Paris Fashion Week

Dior Fall/Winter 2022 – Paris Fashion Week

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A wired woman walked out first at the Dior show, her bodysuit outlined in light-up-in-the-dark fluorescent green. It set the tone for a collection that experimented with technology and its capabilities to revolutionize the way fashion is designed.

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I’d like to start a conversation between technology and everyday life”, said Maria Grazia Chiuri. “I want to open a feminist outlook on what we envelop our bodies in, and how that has the power to free”, Chiuri continued, stating that she conceived this collection as a discussion between technology, tradition and emancipation, and between past, present and future.

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This was indeed what was reflected in the decor imagined by the feminist artist Mariella Bettineschi. Entitled ‘’The Next Era’’, it consisted of a gallery of famed portraits of women from the 16th to the 19th centuries (most created by male artists), with their eyes slices and stacked to suggest a “double vision”. “Women, in art or through clothing, have been constricted and I want to change that point of view by modifying their eyes”, Chiuri explained. And so the collection explored the dualities of feminine existence: soft and hard, feminine and masculine, utilitarian and superfluous.

One of the key pieces of the collection was The Bar jacket, revisited by Chiuri and made in collaboration with D-Air lab, a technical specialist Italian company which makes safe, functional clothing and materials for sports, industrial and other non-fashion purposes. The new Bar jacket was enhanced with a system that regulates body moisture and can provide warming if needed, all in a mesh resembling grisaille and able to take an imprint of the wearer’s body.

The second key piece of the collaboration was a bodysuit crisscrossed by an organic network of colored veins and arteries in luminescent colors which maintains a constant temperature. Other pieces included sober gray suiting, feminine chiffon dresses, technical biker jackets, lace biker shorts, accessorized with futuristic goggles, sparkling headbands and hefty boots.

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