Maria Grazia Chiuri’s presents her sixth ready-to-wear collection for Christian Dior SS19 inspired by dance and movement and takes the fashion crowd out to the famous Hippodrome de Longchamp at Bois de Boulogne in Paris.
About the Christian Dior SS19 collection
Dance and fashion have a lot of similarities, believes Maria Grazia Chiuri. Both the first and the second teach us to feel the body, sometimes through strict discipline. The new Christian Dior collection was dedicated to the first great figures of modern dance – Loie Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Martha Graham and Pina Bausch. However, Chiuri was not the first to think of this connection between fashion and dance. Christian Dior himself worked on sketches for a ballet by Roland Petit. He also dressed Margot Fonteyn, the English prima ballerina from Covent Garden and her partner Rudolf Nureyev.
References to the plasticity and ease of dance moves are seen through the dancing clothes that the designer weaved into the new SS19 collection. Here we can see tights, ballet suits, tops on thin straps and packs. Chiuri refuses to use the corset – this is her act of feminism.
“I took great inspiration from the work of a number of artists, including Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Pina Bausch, who used dance as a way of breaking free,” the Dior creative director told Vogue ahead of the show.
About the venue
Conceived by set designer and long-time Christian Dior collaborator Alexandre de Betak, a 164-metre square is both runway and stage, a performance by Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal lasted for the whole duration of the show. 135 light projectors carve out pathways for the eight dancers and models, who wind around the dancers as they take a turn on the square catwalk. Within the giant box – which took a team of 60 people to build in two weeks – is a modern, minimal and pitch-black dance hall, lined with black wooden benches.
“The aim is to reaffirm the importance of their poetry in the construction of modern dance,” – says Maria Grazia Chiuri.
About the Christian Dior SS19 show
The show’s choreographer was Sharon Isle who danced with the Israeli dance troupe Batsheva for almost twenty years. Among the participants of the show were Clyde Emmanuel Archer (a dark-skinned Romeo from the brilliant production by Mats Ek), as well as several other dancers from Batsheva.
“I’m not interested in how people move, I’m interested in what makes them move,” Pina Bausch once said. This is what inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri to put this stunning performance together during the runway show.
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Text: Irina Gorskaia
Images: Vogue, Sonnyphotos