Dior SS20: Climate change, feminism, and gardener chic, according to Maria Grazia Chiuri
Maria Grazia Chiuri has never been one to shy away from making a statement, and during a time when 16-year-old Greta Thunberg has made news headlines worldwide, the Dior spring/summer 2020 show couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.
To encourage conversation about nature and conservation, 164 trees — each tagged with its history and origin — were sourced from all over Europe to set the stage for the 10-min show that saw a total of 90 looks walk the runway. Don't worry about the trees being disposed of after the show, because in an effort to promote sustainability, the French maison will work with Coloco — a collective made up of botanists and landscapers — to replant the trees throughout Paris.
Christian Dior himself was well-known for having loved his gardens, but this collection was actually inspired by photos of his sister, Catherine, and the outfits she wore while gardening. The younger Dior was a trailblazer of her time, having survived capture and torture in a concentration camp during the Second World War, but later emerged to become the first woman with a florist’s license when she returned to Paris. While it isn't as obvious as SS17's 'We should all be feminists' t-shirts, it's always nice to see Chuiri circle the dialogue back to empowered and empowering women.
When it came to the clothes, the theme came through effortlessly, thanks to the earthy palette. As the models weaved through the grove of trees, cerulean shirts tucked into prim pinafores came into view and our first thought? Gardener, but make it #fashun.
The reference to nature continued with botanical prints featured heavily throughout many looks, dreamy gowns paired with sandals, and even skirts and dresses made from straw.
Fun fact: those raffia hats that almost all the models were sporting? They were modelled after Mr. Dior's own hat. Far from delicate, the jewellery this season featured gold flowers adorned on earrings, beaded necklaces and bracelets, injecting an unexpected luxe-hippie vibe.
Dior has always been known for their bags, and this season is no different with strong pieces we're predicting will fly off shelves. Given how popular (and honestly, hard to get) the Book Tote has been since its launch, the smaller-sized Book Tote will probably have a waitlist of its own. Sporting the season's latest prints, it'll soon be in Singapore come first quarter of 2020 (it's currently only available in Europe and Japan). Another favourite is the updated and more rugged version of the Lady Dior. Dressed in fabric rather than stiff leather, it's now more wearable and versatile than ever before.
As usual, and thankfully, comfortably and predictably, Chuiri has the knack for creating a thought-provoking collection that while encouraging discourse, is still beautiful and respectful towards the history of the storied brand.
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