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.

01 August
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Free Spirits

Dior unveils the campaign for Maria Grazia Chiuri's Autumn-Winter 2019-2020 women’s ready-to-wear collection, inspired by the rebellious elegance of Teddy Girls. 

As shot by the photographer Brigitte Niedermair, the models Selena Forrest and Ruth Bell embody the committed spirit of this season’s looks by Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s Artistic Director for women’s collections. A veritable ode to sorority, this series incorporates captivating plays on abstraction to showcase a self-assured femininity, from the silkscreened t-shirts “Sisterhood Is Global” and “Sisterhood Is Powerful” to the Bar jacket, now revisited with more masculine lines. A symbol of the British culture Christian Dior loved, tartan meets toile de Jouy and leopard print, two of the founding couturier’s favorite codes. A manifesto for Dior style, punctuated by precious accessories with a couture spirit.

31 July
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30 Montaigne

Like an echo of the historic address in which beats the House’s heart, the 30 Montaigne collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates the timeless spirit of this “kingdom of dreams”. In this unprecedented series, featured in Dior Magazine, the icons are depicted in an interplay of curves and graphic lines, an artful expression of purity and abstraction conceived by the photographer Brigitte Niedermair.

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