Monday, March 4, 2013

PFW: Christian Dior

By: Quinn Bell

On Friday at Place Vauban in Paris, Raf Simons showed yet another flawless collection as the Creative Director of the house of Christian Dior. The Fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection was, as usual, elegant, sophisticated and altogether feminine. Iconic Dior elements including full skirts, nipped in waists, asymmetrical details, houndstooth and bar suit-like silhouettes were seen throughout the show.

Models walked effortlessly down a surrealist catwalk with large silver spheres strewn about it, reflecting a blue sky onto the runway. Ranging in colour from classic white, black and grey to red, pink and blue, the collection was mainly inspired by something that both Dior and Simons were and are interest in: modern art. As a result of a collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, many pieces were embroidered with early Warholian paintings from the 1950’s (when Warhol was a commercial artist) of colourful fashion images such as women and shoes. The embroideries were meant to be symbolic and were seen mainly on what were arguably the most interesting pieces in the show, 1920’s style chiffon shifts that Simons named “memory dresses.” Exquisite attention to detail and the use of innovative textiles, such as crochets and knits resulted in garments that were unusual and interesting. The collection was a wonderful exhibit of Simons’ familiarity with the iconic house’s history and his connection with its creator, Christian Dior.

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