Dior Couture SS18 Runway Review

Surrealism was at the core of the Dior Couture SS18 show.

Surrealism was a movement that originated in the early 1920s. It was derived from illogical/strange artwork, writings, and specific painting techniques, allowing the unconscious to express itself. Playing with juxtaposition, an extremely thin line exists between fantasy and reality. Maria Grazia Chiuri had specifically chosen Andre Bréton's work as a source of inspiration for this couture show, as he is known to be the founder of the revolutionary movement. 

The collection focused greatly on whites and blacks as according to Chiuri, they are the colors of the subconscious. It took place on a black and white checkered floor in which enlarged body parts (an eye, an ear, a nose etc). hung delicately from the ceiling only emphasizing the surrealism.

Craftsmanship was evident in every single piece as 72 looks were featured (solid number for a couture show) which accentuated Chiuri's structural gowns. Polka dots, the Dior Classic New Look, coat and cage dresses made their way strikingly down the runway. The cage dresses had oddly reminded me of 3D printed fashion; a futuristic sort of look.

Neck tattoos were also featured which should come as no surprise at all as Chiuri has a reputation for throwing out powerful and political slogans. "Using quotations chosen by Maria Grazia Chiuri, I also wanted to emphasise the surrealist sense of humour and taste for subversion with temporary black tattoos drawn straight onto fingers, ears and around the neck. The chosen words and messages celebrate the creative free spirit of surrealism with 'Clef, liberté, contradiction, l'art, bal masque'…as well as 'Au depart il ne s'agit pas de comprendre mais bien d'aimer" (In the beginning it is not a matter of understanding, but of loving)." Mr. Phillips had mentioned - the makeup and stylist for the Dior models.

The makeup also reminded me of a sixties look which was done specifically to represent an "extreme" following the theme, hence the lashes. 

As symbolism and a strong, powerful feminist movement has made its way to the Hollywood industry (think #TimesUp movement), which is why it would be no surprise at all if, at the next Oscars or red-carpet, the Dior couture dresses get their time to shine. 

🖇 What would be better than a creative director who has helped progressed the movement? 

1 comment

  1. Wow amazing collection!