SS18 Paris Couture Week: Magic and illusion at Dior

  • Style
  • Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri channeled surrealism for her predominantly black-and-white Dior show that brimmed with optical illusion and surprise.

Chess board squares led around a mirrored runway adorned with hanging plaster sculptures: an ear, a torso, a nose, a hand and a cage.

A series of A-line “domino” coats and gloves whimsically attached to an ankle set the tone for playful styles that were inspired by touchstones from the early 20th century artistic movement.

Gowns with visible caging – a surrealist leitmotif – played on transparencies. Eyes – a frequent reference for Salvador Dali – were emphasised by masks and exaggerated makeup.

And the movement’s frequent depiction of plumes was captured in the most beautiful gown in the collection: a bustier dress made of huge white feathers. They billowed out dramatically in an hourglass silhouette from a cinched waist fastening.

A “hypnotic” striped bustier Dior dress with a dropped waist called “Vertigo” was handled less subtlety. Alongside several of the gowns in dots and stripes, it suffered due to its black-and-white shapes that gave an unintended harsh edge to the otherwise feminine display. – AP

View the slideshow below for a look at some of the Dior designs.

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