25 August

La Vie En Rouge 

The iconic Rouge Dior is revealed in two care-boosted formulas infused with flower oils: Ultra Care and Ultra Care Liquid. The new beauty essential.

At the very heart of the Ultra Care lipstick are the pearlized initials “CD”. This innovative system gently delivers natural care ingredients straight into the lips, combining the hydrating power of jojoba oil extract with the nourishing properties of cameline oil, and illuminating the surface with a luminous matte pearly finish. 

Its soft palette – including the House’s iconic 999 shade – takes inspiration from flowers and their infinite range of colors, each nuance a symbol of a multifaceted and spirited femininity. 

I wanted to reflect the caring dimension of this formula with a softer palette, ranging from raw shades to true reds,” explains Peter Philips, Director of Creation and Image for Dior Makeup.

The new lipstick also comes in a liquid version, with a choice of a matte or satin finish. Its airy care formula blends the ingredients like whipped cream, while its new petal-shaped applicator allows it to glide on with delicate precision, delivering exactly the right amount of color. 

The color of effusion and vibration, red summons the incandescence and fire of desire.

Red remains the strongest, most remarkable color, and the one richest in poetic, oneiric, and symbolic possibilities... Red is an ocean!” confirms historian and color specialist, Michel Pastoureau*.

This key shade that held Christian Dior in its thrall, and was given pride of place in his shows, today illuminates in all its flamboyant splendor the Rouge Dior Ultra Care collection.

*Red: The History of a Color, Éditions du Seuil.

23 August

Ultra Care

Paying tribute to Christian Dior’s love of flowers and passion for red - “The color of life” - the iconic Rouge Dior is revealed in two new care-boosted formulas infused with flower oils, carrying evocative names like Ultra Care andUltra Care Liquid. A new beauty essential incarnated by actress and House muse, Natalie Portman.

07 August
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Punk Spirit

Echoing the punk universe of Raymond Pettibon, the Dior signature, as revisited by the artist, appears on accessories in the House's Winter 2019-2020 collection. Energetic and spontaneous, the artist’s pencil strokes come to life on a precious gilded brass brooch embellished with crystals designed by Yoon Ahn. Other pieces of jewelry feature Christian Dior's initials, while the emblematic Saddle bag, newly reinterpreted in a men’s version by Kim Jones, comes in the iconic Dior Oblique canvas.

02 August

Dancing Utopia

Maria Grazia Chiuri designed the costumes for the ballet Utopia, choreographed by Sébastien Bertaud of the Opéra National de Paris and presented at the Origen festival in Switzerland. An exceptional event dedicated to the opera, contemporary ballet and the world's great utopias, whose stage - a 30-meter high tower, done entirely in red - seems to have sprung straight from a Surrealist painting by Giorgio De Chirico. A union with nature, elevated by creations by Dior’s Creative Director for women’s collections — see the video here.

02 August

Utopia Becomes Reality

Like Christian Dior in his time, Maria Grazia Chiuri is passionate about the arts and dance. For Utopia, a contemporary ballet by Sébastien Bertaud of the Opéra National de Paris, she designed the six performers’ costumes, which were revealed at the spectacular Origen festival in Switzerland, at more than 2,000 meters’ altitude. 

The show for the Spring-Summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection by the Creative Director of Dior's women's collections celebrated dance and its pioneers and brought together models and dancers in a common space. Last March, in her hometown of Rome, Maria Grazia Chiuri reiterated this fascination by designing costumes for the ballet Nuit Blanche by Sébastien Bertaud – of the Opéra National de Paris – set to music by the composer Philip Glass.

Continuing this captivating aesthetic dialogue with the French choreographer, she designed the costumes for Utopia. A ballet performed by six dancers from the Paris Opera, it evokes the history of the Monte Verità community (in English, ‘The Mountain of Truth’), which was founded in 1900 on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy, by a society of writers, philosophers and artists. Enhanced with futuristic electronic music by Jon Hopkins, this creation explores the boundaries between myth and reality, body and mind, shadow and light.

This original ballet represents a new symbiosis of the arts, which Maria Grazia Chiuri conveyed in costumes that seem to have been painted, with subtle plays of transparency, directly onto the skin. Floral elements with unexpected colors magnify movement, creating a mysterious garden. Bodies merge with plants and trees. The backbone recalls the symmetry of branches, while the veins of leaves trace the original lines of the muscles and veins. A poetic encounter with nature, inspired by experimental theories on the power of invisible energies or vital forces. These fascinating alchemies combining magic, sciences and culture, dance and fashion, were staged in a magnificent natural setting made even more enchanting by the grace of the Creative Director's creations.

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