From the thread to the fabric, and from the structure to the cut, Maria Grazia Chiuri rethinks couture in its totality. This contemporary ode to creation in all its forms celebrates virtuoso savoir-faire, now more essential than ever | Source: Dior

Feminine Silhouettes: The Best of Dior’s Haute Couture 2021-2022 Winter Collection

For around 75 years now, Dior has remained at the forefront of fashion, and for good reason.

Launching almost instantly into fashion fame, Christian Dior quickly established himself as an haute couture designer and atelier as early as his debut collection in 1947. Featuring cinched waists, full skirts and fitted sweetheart necklines, Dior ushered in ‘The New Look’ for women amid the bleak post-war period which earned the praise of Harper’s Bazaar editor-in-chief Carmel Snow who described Dior’s work as “quite a revolution.”

While critics dubbed Dior as the ‘tyrant of hemlines’ for his affinity for full, long skirts, the French designer certainly didn’t shy away from accentuating the female form. If anything, Dior’s designs can be attributed to sparking more radical femininity in fashion thanks to pieces like the ‘Bar jacket.’

Dior Fall/Winter 2021-2022

While Dior’s design has evolved over the years, it seems that the haute couture house continues to play with its original hyper-feminine silhouettes. In Dior’s latest Fall/Winter 2021 collection, the runway saw the same dramatic skirts and cinched waists that Paris saw in 1947, as well as a modern interpretation of the iconic Bar jacket.

According to Dior, the latest collection is Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s reflection on the foundations and essence of couture, from the fabric to the cut.

Featuring contrasting textiles and juxtaposing shapes, the collection is significantly defined by the texture which was reflected in Dior’s runway show art installation. Created by French artist Eva Jospin, the backdrop to this collection was a pastel landscape of embroidery covering the walls from floor to ceiling within Paris’ Rodin Museum.

The winter collection draws similarities to Christian Dior’s debut in terms of its timing. In a similar way to how Christian Dior’s first collection was the herald of an emerging and markedly more luxurious era, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection signifies the return of haute couture fashion after the pandemic turned the lights off on runway shows.

And while Chiuri’s stance on haute couture is distinctly more progressive to that of late Christian Dior’s, her first show in a year and a half incorporated timeless elements of the founder’s signature designs that continue to resonate with women today.

People buy couture because it is timeless, and you pass it on from mother to daughter, so the clothes themselves have a life and a memory.

Maria Grazia Chiuri told WWD

Couture Embrodiry

Harnessing the unique savoir-faire perpetuated by the Vermont atelier in Paris, metallic thread embroidery enhances the contours of precious patchworks. Elegance incarnate, an embroidery entirely made by hand reproduces the effect of a delicate guipure. A virtuoso ode to the beauty of the gesture.

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