French fashion house Dior debuted a stunningly beautiful and moving spring/summer 2020 haute couture show in Paris on January 21, which posed the question: "What if women ruled the world?"
The sentiment was so integral to the collection that the words were actually embroidered on a banner that stood at the foot of the runway behind the models. According to Another magazine, the label collaborated with feminist artist Judy Chicago, whose work inspired the collection itself, on a series of banners with similar sentiments that were scattered throughout the Rodin Museum, where the show took place.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior's head designer, and her team created gorgeous designs that looked shimmeringly lifelike on the runway — from a bronzed fringed dress to fluid white silk gowns to classic suits. Rich, warm shades of evergreen, bronze, rose, and gold dominated the color palette of the collection.
There were echoes of Grecian goddesses and ancient queens in every piece, but each was absolutely modern. A few of the pieces even had capes, including the show-stopping final gown — a black and gold sequined stunner with a long, flowing black tulle cape.
Speaking of the collection, Chiuri told Vogue that many of the looks incorporated a Greco Roman peplos — the robes and dresses you think of when you think of Grecian goddesses — and she applied these techniques to more garments than you'd think.
“It’s something which you really drape and tie, which you define with your body, which takes care of you,” the designer said. “So it’s very couture because in couture we don’t start with a pattern — we drape on a mannequin, we drape on our clients. But I didn’t want to just do it in dresses; I applied it to tailleurs and skirts as well because I want to speak about the heritage of the house.”
Celebrity guests at the show were asked what they thought the world would be like if it were ruled by women. "It's really depressing that I can't imagine that," said Alexa Chung. "There would be less aggression and show-ponying and more nurturing."
"It definitely would be a much kinder place," said supermodel Natalia Vodianova. "The end of so many patriarchal societies!" was blogger Susie Bubble's answer.
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