To present its collection of haute couture Fall / Winter 19-20 Dior returns to its origins, at number 30 of Avenue Montaigne, home of the brand since December 16, 1946, when Monsieur Dior acquired the place. Penny Slinger created the scenery of the show with the intention of recounting the powerful alchemy of fire, air and water, at the heart of a hostile and mysterious nature populated by female creatures.
Maria Grazia Chiuri designed a collection inspired by the caryatids, the poetic statues of women who are at the same time marvelous columns, the founding pillars and bearers of society, as sublime ornaments that adorn the ancient temples of certain Parisian facades. Almost totally black, dotted with rare shots of color, the creations reveal all their architectural power. A concept that implies starting from the foundations, the foundations of haute couture to face them better with contemporary lifestyles.
The reflections of architect Bernard Rudofsky on the shape and function of clothing inspired the new conceptual vision of Haute Couture to an art destined to wear bodies that are always unique and with a unique identity. The silhouettes incorporate feminine forms that support the architecture of ancient temples and certain Parisian buildings, tunics with pure lines, which do not have a defined and constructed cut, but rather the body that gives them their shape, an exploration of the pluralist power of the black color In echo, an interrogation still resounds: "Are clothes modern?" which underlines the ability of Haute Couture to question modernity.
Black requires perfection and each garment is a building that reveals its construction, the bone structure that sustains and defines it. In the same way, this collection records an unprecedented landscape, which allows us to question the notions about the body, clothes and habitats: it becomes a creative laboratory to think differently about clothes and their relationship with time and space.