Women @ Dior | DIORMAG

10 March
Shows

Blue According to Michel Pastoureau

To tie in with the Dior ready-to-wear autumn-winter 2017-2018 show, Michel Pastoureau, an historian specializing in color, speaks to us about the meaning and social role of blue, as celebrated  by Maria Grazia Chiuri in her collection.

09 March
events

Immersion

We take a look at yesterday’s launch of the Women @Dior mentorship, at which the female students selected to take participate in the programme in Paris got to discover the House from the inside, accompanied by their mentor.    

The House’s historic address of 30 Avenue Montaigne provided the symbolic location for the launch of this first instalment of the Women @Dior programme. The students and their mentors were welcomed by the House’s Human Resources team, which had initially conceived the project. “It’s very impressive to see you all here, because you are the leaders of tomorrow,” stated Emmanuelle Favre, Director of Human Resources, during the presentation of the project, which took place in the committee room where the board of directors habitually meets. After a few words of introduction on the Dior culture and its professions and on the special place of women in the House – they represent 69% of more senior positions – the day began.

Broken into small groups, the student-mentor pairs then discovered two usually off-limits places, which also happen to represent the House's beating heart. The Dior Héritage department, first, where the archives are kept. Under the astonished eyes of the young women, Soizic Pfaff, who runs the service, and Solène Auréal, an archivist, opened boxes and garment covers from Monsieur Dior’s era and took out collection plans and iconic dresses, some of which inspired the latest creations from Maria Grazia Chiuri, along with shoes, hats and couture jewelry dating from the House’s early years. The visit continued in the ready-to-wear ateliers, a contemporary setting entirely dedicated to savoir-faire, where everything has been ergonomically conceived to facilitate the work of the petites mains. "We have designed the lighting so that there are no shadows, and it comes as close as possible to sunlight so the perception of color remains unchanged,” explained Maurizio Liotti, director of the ateliers, as he guided the group among the dressmaking mannequins and the clothes being made, through the rooms where the fabric is cut, the creations assembled and the patterns executed. Then to the EllesVMH exhibition, which showcases the LVMH luxury group’s leading initiatives in promoting women's rights. Then the pairs got to know each other better at a break during which the students discovered their mentor's place of work. The occasion of a first exchange on the job of one and the aspirations of the other, laying the groundwork for the year to come.

After a workshop on emotional intelligence, at which a professional trainer taught the participants some keys to optimize their relationship with others by listening to their own emotions, the day ended with a networking cocktail, which brought the pairings together with other collaborators, both women and men. In the salons of 30 Avenue Montaigne, Sidney Toledano, President and CEO of Christian Dior Couture, answered the questions of the young women present, who then got the opportunity to discover the different spaces the soirée held: to experience a photo shoot or an encounter with a fortune teller, and above all to meet inspiring women such as start-up founders.

09 March
events

Women @ Dior

In tandem with International Women's Day yesterday, the house of Dior opened its doors to some fifty female students whom it will accompany over the course of a year as they make their first contacts with the world of work, both in France and abroad. 

From the beginning, Dior has striven to highlight and  promote women, to make them “not only more beautiful, but happier, too,” according to the formula set out by Christian Dior in his memoirs. Yesterday, on International Women's Day, the House initiated the Women@Dior programme, a mentorship for young female students to help empower them in the workplace and raise their confidence in their own potential. This approach finds an echo in the work of Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri: "I have a daughter of twenty to whom I am very close. Thanks to her I am in contact with a new generation of women, a generation that can finally be players in the world. This makes me want to make fashion with them, accompanying them through their transformations.”

Each student met with an assigned Dior team member with whom she will be able to talk and be advised during at least one meeting per quarter over a year. These mentors, all under thirty years of age, and working in creation, marketing, retail, design, merchandising, architecture or communications, represent the diversity of the House’s professional activities. They welcomed students drawn from various academic backgrounds, from applied arts to business, engineering to marketing.  

09 March
Shows

Rediscovered Treasures

Chérie, Soirée, Ligne de Chance… These navy blue creations by Christian Dior inspired the Dior collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri shown this past Friday. Soizic Pfaff, who heads the Dior Héritage department, speaks to us about the special connection between Dior and the color blue.

07 March
Shows

Brewing Blues  

To create all these variations of blue, the House called on the skills of a Paris craftsman tasked with producing each color according to the purest dyeing tradition. Each length of fabric is bathed in a dye bath then manipulated by hand until the desired shade is achieved. The pigments are dosed by remarkable instinct, testifying to the artisan's unique knowledge and savoir-faire.  

07 March
Shows

Delicate embroideries

Sewn with blue or silver thread, the blossoming embroideries on the pieces imagined by Maria Grazia Chiuri bring us on a voyage into the stars, among constellations and four-leafed clovers. These hand-sewn embroideries are as beautiful as the space that surrounded them.

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06 March
Shows

Streetstyle

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