Spring-Summer 2024 Ready-to-Wear Show
Online on September 26th at 3.00 pm CEST (9.00 am EDT)
Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior women's lines, dreamed up this spring-summer 2024 ready-to-wear collection starting from a reflection on the meaning of the present. A present in which past and future must coexist simultaneously....
© NOT HER, a project and artwork by Elena Bellantoni © Adrien Dirand
NOT HER is Elena Bellantoni’s new project specially dreamed up for the Dior spring-summer 2024 ready-to-wear show: a monumental video installation with LED screens, nearly 7 meters high, created from a series of digital photographic collages. Drawn from archives collected by the Italian artist since 2015, this unique artwork, an engaged pop manifesto, includes over 300 images of sexist advertising.
© Morgan O’Donovan
Contrasts. Playing with various shades of white and black, from the brightest to the darkest, Dior's spring-summer 2024 ready-to-wear looks dare all the opposites: elegance, purity and tears. Fabric, "…the sole vehicle of our dreams" as the founding-couturier referred to it, becomes a tool imbued with magic that combines destruction and reinvention. Jackets, skirts and pants are delicately frayed, while knits are graphically unravelled. Hypnotic prints – depicting the Eiffel Tower, the iconic Plan de Paris and a revisited herbarium – are tinged with mystery thanks to radiographic printing and dye effects. The Abandon silhouette, created for the autumn-winter 1948 haute couture line, is metamorphosed through shirts worn asymmetrically. Architectural cuts never stand still, but poetically dance on the ever-freer body. Fringes and pleats voluptuously complete a slightly rebellious, powerfully feminine, irresistibly Dior allure.
© Elena Dottelonde
An echo of the mysterious aura suffusing the Dior spring-summer 2024 ready-to-wear collection, the jewelry sublimating the looks dreamed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri are adorned with the zodiac signs, a tribute to Christian Dior's fascination with astrology. The grace of the silhouettes is accentuated by pointed ballerinas or low-heeled pumps, alternately embellished with mother-of-pearl or multi-straps that envelop from the ankle to the knee. Borrowed from the world of dance – another passion of the founding-couturier – the grosgrain ribbon decorating certain models evokes the pieces conceived by Roger Vivier for Dior in the 1950s. Lace-up boots worn with vaporous skirts in delicate fishnet or with virtuoso pleating, reflecting the idea of a plural femininity, at once sensitive and powerful, combative. As an ultimate surprise, the outfits are punctuated with long gloves – expressions of the savoir-faire of Agnelle glove-making – finished with details inspired by the emblematic Dior Tribales.
© Sophie Carre
© NOT HER, a project and artwork by Elena Bellantoni
‘Seasons’ furnishing fabric designed by Olive Sullivan for Edinburgh Weavers, Carlisle, UK, 1955
© Olive Sullivan/Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Blossomtime’ furnishing fabric, manufactured by Morton Sundour Fabrics Ltd, Carlisle, UK, c. 1929
© Morton Sundour/Victoria and Albert Museum, London