As usual, one of the headliners of Paris Couture Fashion Week was the display of the Christian Dior Spring 2019 collection. This time, the creative director of the house Maria Grazia Chiuri drew a parallel between fashion and circus, finding similarities in the art of performance, the complexity and colorfulness of costumes, and incessant traveling.
The collection was inspired by works reflecting the life and beauty of the circus performance by artists Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, and American photographers Cindy Sherman and Richard Avedon.
Continuing the feminist theme, which started with T-shirts bearing the eloquent inscription “We Should All Be Feminists”, selling like hotcakes across the world from the runway of Chiuri’s debut Spring-Summer 2016 Ready-to-Wear fashion show at Dior, the designer invited a London-based female troupe of acrobats. The girls accompanied the runway walk of the models with complex acrobatic figures of not only aesthetic, but that evening also fundamental importance of female support: She ain’t heavy—she’s my sister.
Fragile womanhood was combined with exceptional willpower. Tiny, doll-like overalls and stockings, and crinoline dresses went alongside with greatcoats and military style tailcoats, while floaty tulle fabrics were complemented by feathers, metallic finish and ornate embroidery.