Dior behind-the-scenes: Colour, heritage and an unexpected material forge the heroes of SS18

Elemental desire

Text: Andrea Sim

All the pretty little things from the house of Dior to get your hands on — and a glimpse of how they came to be

You know by know: Dior doesn't do things by halves. Every stitch, every symbol — they're premeditated. They tend to tell a story, celebrate art in fashion, or strip back the layers of the maison's colourful heritage. This season, they're steeped in all of the above.

Its vibrant hues of SS18's accessories sample the palette of French-American multi-disciplinary artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The atelier where the motifs were made, none other than that which crafted their first costume jewellery collection back in 1955. And the symbols, naturally, hail from Monsieur Dior's private stash of lucky charms. Some forged from glass — taking the house to Murano, Italy for its expertise — and others, palladium, dripping in crystals. 

They're pretty by all acounts, but at their core, a tapestry of Dior. Watch their making of, above. 

Available at Dior boutiques.