My heart is in Paris this week. Until my permanent residency paperwork arrives I am unable to travel abroad. For this @dior Spring Summer 19 Couture collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by circus depictions in Richard Avedon’s Dovima with Elephants, which was shot in the Cirque d’Hiver August 1955. @mimbreacrobats London’s all-women circus acrobats, dressed in monochrome, custom made Dior playsuits, twisted and turned each other to create a double-height figures, with one woman standing on the shoulders of another. This choreography was a reference to the empowerment of women statement from the Spring Summer 2018 Dior RTW show, where slogan t-shirts were emblazoned with 'We should all be feminists'.
When the show began the acrobats formed a human archway for the models who followed them on to the catwalk at the Musée Rodin.
Aside from the dreamy, expected, floor length gowns, caged crinoline dresses, sheer jumpsuits and glittery dresses, my favorite looks were the female ringmasters wearing cutaway tailcoats, greatcoats and the detail of military jacket frogging (ornamental braiding and fastening) adorned on jackets and coats. One look which I couldn't stop looking at came early on in the show. An exquisite tailored ivory satin three-piece suit, androgynous in style yet undeniably sensual.
Next week, the largest Dior retrospective opens at the @vamuseum 'Dior, Designer of Dreams', spans from 1947 to the present day, an exhibition which demonstrates the history and impact of one of the 20th century most influential couturiers. What Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first woman in its 70 year history to take the reigns at Dior, showcased today was how Dior is as relevant to the future of fashion as it is to its history. ------------- #bysarahhayleyowen#fashion#stylist#dior#hautecouture#pfw#paris#ss19#couture#museerodin#sarahhayleyinstl#diordesignerofdreams#feminism