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SWINGING IT BETTER THAN THE SUMMER OF ‘61: Dior’s Spring-Summer 2022
Text by Kee | Photos courtesy of Dior
29.09.2021
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
Dior's Maria Grazia Chiuri was particularly inspired by Marc Bohan's 1961 collection for Dior
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When designing for a fashion house of a scale like Dior, relatability ought to be the bedrock of any collection. Sure, fantastical creations give us room to dream of the possibilities to uncover new identities, but even we’ve got to admit that everyday life isn’t the red carpet at the Met Gala. And if you’ve got the monumental task of creating aspiring wares for those aged between 21 and beyond 61, finding the sweet spot in design is an unenviable task. So when Maria Grazia Chiuri embarked on her moodboard for spring-summer 2022, she landed firmly on 1961 (and we’re guessing The Queen’s Gambit was on her watch list too). Great things happened in that year: the first human went to space, the World Wildlife Fund was founded, Barack Obama was born. In terms of the house of Dior, then creative director Marc Bohan presented what was known as the Slim Look, his first collection for the house when he took over Yves Saint Laurent who had to depart as he was drafted into military service. Bohan’s Slim Look returned to a more conservative approach that Monsieur Dior championed in womenswear though in today’s terms conservative isn’t exactly a valid viewpoint in how Chiuri designs – she’s more focused on the chic. All the colour-blocking bravado for Dior captures all the feels of the Swinging Sixties in the U.K., even if the designer didn’t explicitly express it. (Hey, just like the music of The Beatles, the movement was universal.) The shift dresses, miniskirts, tube tops, double-breasted coats, and even black knee-high boots looked like they were lifted directly from the era rather than overly remixed in order to fulfil the newness quotient that isn’t always necessary. Another clever twist that Chiuri introduced here are the flesh-toned bodysuits or panels that Kim Kardashian and Skims might be smirking at. It has been applied onto a white gown that from afar deceives that its wearer is going strapless. Evenn a nude panel worn on the inside of a denim jacket will score a few double takes. Chiuri doubles-down on the fun with shimmery boxing shorts that even celeb boxers like Jake and Logan Paul wouldn’t mind wearing on an off-day. Other surprises include sequined animal print dresses, oversized denim workwear, and pop art prints that might be Chiuri’s best jab at streetwear. One thing’s for sure, these fits might be Chiuri’s most relatable ones for Dior thus far… and that’s more than a good thing.     

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