Since her debut as Dior’s artistic director, Maria Grazia Chiuri has shown signifiant solidarity to protecting the rights of women and encourages equality through bold fashion statements all while ensuring she keeps the heritage of the French fashion house well and truly alive.
For Pre-Fall 2018, Chiuri has made no exception to her stance on feminism and equality and drew inspiration from Claude Cahun, the fictous name of Lucy Schwob, who is best known for her involvement in the Surrealist movement and her photographic self-portraits where she would adopt gender ambiguous persona’s.
Claude Cahun was known for wearing menswear majority of the time and Chiuri recognises that this generation is now moving forward to a gender neutral reality.
For her pre-fall collection, Chiuri converges her stance, the heritage of the brand and her inspiration muse to bring a garment that mixes graphic mens tailoring with recognisable Dior hallmarks.
From a herringbone knee length wool coat worn over a tulle dress to saucier sheer and organza silk garments to gold metallic tailored suits, Chiuri has used her collection on the runway as a statement to blur gender lines, encouraging those that desire a new way to define and express themselves to do so.