The Bar Jacket | DIORMAG

28 September
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Mosaic Embroideries

Inspired by the mirror mosaics employed by Niki de Saint Phalle on her sculptures and installations, Maria Grazia Chiuri chose to transform them into delicate embellishment, on Sixties-style minidresses or bustier evening frocks. 

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Morgan O’Donovan

28 September
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Motifs and Symbols

As the ready-to-wear spring-summer 2018 collection’s central inspiration, Niki de Saint Phalle’s colorful imagery can be found on numerous looks, embroidered, painted or reproduced as knit. Some of the artist’s beloved symbols have a special resonance with the House’s history and codes. For example, the heart, Christian Dior’s lucky talisman, which Maria Grazia Chiuri regularly utilizes in her collections, along with tarot card motifs, in a nod to the art of divination with which the couturier was fascinated. 

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Morgan O’Donovan

28 September
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The Bar Jacket

This season, when revisiting the Bar jacket, a House icon since Christian Dior’s very first show back in 1947, Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by an element from Niki de Saint Phalle’s wardrobe: the shooting jacket. This piece, worn by the artist to realize her performance tableaux with a rifle, has been reinterpreted in leather or knit, in bright colors and with the sensual lines and defined waist of Monsieur Dior’s original.

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Morgan O’Donovan

28 September
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Ambiance

On Tuesday afternoon the Dior ready-to-wear spring-summer 2018 show took place in the gardens of the Musée Rodin in a setting inspired by the work of the artist Niki de Saint Phalle.  

28 September
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The Tarot Garden

The verdant gardens of the Musée Rodin in Paris were the setting for the House’s spring-summer 2018 ready-to-wear show, with the looks designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri walking a runway  inside a specially-built monumental structure. Discover the location’s inspiration. 

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Adrien Dirand

Just like the collection itself, the show’s scenography was inspired by the art of Niki de Saint Phalle. And, more specifically, by one of her major works baptized the Tarot Garden, a sculpture park located in Tuscany that displays the tarot symbols rising from the grandeur of nature. Begun at the end of the 1970s, the project was completed by the artist’s passing in 2002.

With its metal frame covered in concrete, the Paris structure that welcomed the show guests was made employing the same techniques as Niki de Saint Phalle for her architectural artworks. Inside, eighty-two thousand shimmering mirror pieces covered the walls and floor in a series of mosaics to magically reflect Maria Grazia Chiuri’s designs as they sashayed by. 

28 September
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Upon Arrival

The structure’s facade was etched with a quote by Niki de Saint Phalle from her book published in 1985 on the occasion of the first presentation of her work based on tarot cards: “If life is a game of cards, we are born without knowing the rules. Yet we must play our hand. Throughout the ages people have liked playing with tarot cards. Poets, philosophers, alchemists, artists have devoted themselves to discovering their meaning." These sentences provide another tool to understand the collection and echo Christian Dior’s passion for this divinatory art. 

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Adrien Dirand

27 September
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