As fashion zoomed into overdrive, everything whirred in reverse. That could easily be the definition of fashion in the 1960’s. It was an era in which the female erogenous zones moved from demure territory— collarbone, neck and shoulder, to unexplored areas— thighs, arms and stomach. Liberation, to say the least. The chic new decade turned every preconceived idea on its head. So did Maria Grazia Chiuri with her new Fall/Winter 2018/2019 ready-to-wear collection for Dior. She demonstrated female power on the runway in all its forms. The powerful and dynamic creations screamed feminist slogans and archival protest posters. The defiant energy of challenging past times has been channelled into the collection and the venue facade. In the late 1960’s women demanded equal human rights; rethinking society with feminist theory was a prerogative. At the Parisian Musée Rodin, Chiuri presented a cacophony of empowering voices and messages— a fashion revolution that celebrates female affirmation. For her third collection for Dior, she opted for another feminist statement, largely inspired by youth uprisings and a powerful Hillary Clinton quote from 1995 that “women’s rights are human rights.“
Everything from peace sign to bold patchwork mini skirts communicated a new direction for the iconic house. The International Women’s Day arrived a few days early at Dior. “The sixties were about personalities”, read the show notes. In the words of the famed editor Diana Vreeland, “It was the first time when mannequins became personalities. It was a time of great goals, an inventive time… and these girls invented themselves.” Proving that great fashion transcends eras and passing trends, Chiuri daringly reinvented newsboy caps, chubby sheepskin coats, ponchos, colored lens sunglasses and lots and lots of patterns and plaid. The collection focuses on statement pieces and a thorough artistic goal to project. The colorful (r)evolution is dedicated to all the strong women across the globe. As models strutted to the sixties vibes, I could not help but notices that the 1960’s are alive and kicking. So is the new generation of youthquakers, of which Vreeland would be very proud. Aside from the splendid pieces and outfits, the collection celebrated unique accessories such as the saddle bags, and large leather belts. By reinventing and reimagining the fashion of 1960’s, Chiuri combined the uncombinable. Who knew that colorful patches could look so classic! The legacy of heady times, though challenging burdensome, gave birth to a collection that will stun the generations to come.
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