DIORMAG: What is your vision of the house of Dior ?
VERONIQUE TAITTINGER: Dior, for me, represents France, glamour, seduction, but also the passion contained in craftsmanship. And then creativity. Christian Dior is an icon of fashion, of course, but what I find incredible is his didactic, assured side. He didn't go to art school, he just started out like that.
DIORMAG: How have you transposed this vision into your creations for Dior MAISON?
VERONIQUE TAITTINGER: By trying to be both poetic and contemporary. There’s a touch of playful irreverence, too, in the way the collection twists things. While remaining faithful to Dior, certain codes saw a playing with form and shape, as models were reconceived. It’s a new take.
DIORMAG: In what way does this collection channel your own artistic universe?
VERONIQUE TAITTINGER: In the finesse with which it’s produced and the approach to color. It's difficult to be satisfied when you're as meticulous as I am. I was very anxious to know if it would work out as I had imagined it. Luckily everything went very well.
DIORMAG: What was your starting point, inspirationwise?
VERONIQUE TAITTINGER: The history of Christian Dior. I filled my mood board with everything I found: colors, makeup palettes, leopard print… I really devoured it all. I also drew from the old collections, and from more modern ones, especially for the floral motifs. He really liberated the woman's body.
DIORMAG: Which aspect of savoir-faire did you highlight in this collection?
VERONIQUE TAITTINGER: I wanted to highlight the craftsmanship and the pure delicacy of what that means, such as the Dior embroideries, which are so extraordinary. I had to find a way to bring this couture aspect to the plates, being equally rigorous when it came to placement. And to find the right form, round, rustic, floral. It was an intense, wonderful adventure.