Haute couture is known for exuberance and drama. And while this first Raf Simon’s collection for Dior was thoughtfully restrained paying homage to the legacy of Monsieur Dior, the set was a kaleiodoscopic feast of flowers.
Before the show even started the select public in attendance as well as the world wide audience poised before their computer screens (the show was lived-streamed) were simply awed by such impressive display.
As Dior official site reports: It was a Jardin Couturewith peonies, goldenrod, dahlias, carnations, delphiniums, orchids and all kinds of roses. Flowers from floor to ceiling — an event into itself. Well deserving a special film on the making of:
Today in Paris the Court of Accounts presented its annual report on state finances. Rigour and more will be required to address the rising deficit. But the worrying state of government coffers did not have an effect on the House of Dior and the highly anticipated couture show, the first by Raf Simons for the venerable house. And “budgetary rigour” was certainly not the word of the day.
Christian Dior’s parents wanted him to be a diplomat, but he dreamt of art and fashion. With a lot of persuasion and some help from his father he managed to start an art gallery. It was selling most avant-garde works of the time- Picasso, Cocteau, Braque.
After the War Christian Dior turned to fashion creating an entirely new look for women: tiny waist, voluptuous skirt, hourglass silhouette, referencing La Belle Epoque. It was inspired by his love of flowers and his vision of a flower woman.
Raf Simons who has been appointed Artistic Director at Christian Dior shares Monsieur Dior’s love of art. Next to his fashion career he buys art for his collector friend and collects art himself. He studied industrial design and thought of becoming a furniture designer. And then he saw a fashion show by a fellow Belgian- Martin Margiela in Paris. It left such a profound impact that he left furniture design for fashion. Thank you, Mr. Margiela, for giving the fashion world Raf Simons.