For Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiling the Christian Dior Fall 2021 RTW collection at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai represents an extraordinary opportunity to infuse her pieces with a visual force in motion and a new energy.
The show reinterprets a range of themes and revisits the Dior vocabulary with a transversal Pop aesthetic, from Richard Hamilton’s English Pop to the rather acidic New Futurism of Marco Lodola. Spotted effects radiate in a range of fluorescent hues; silver embroidery punctuates pink tulle, and the toile de Jouy motif transforms into lace. Black is an absolute black, while checks come in navy, gray, raspberry and chartreuse, and a Dior millefleurs motif in black silk velvet metamorphoses according to the materials.
Embroideries, meanwhile, are composed of giant sequins, like mirror discs, recalling the faceted disco balls that illuminate the show’s décor as well as four brand new dresses. A series of five others exclusive models, each in a different neon hue – as well as red, “the color of life” as Monsieur Dior noted – with tributes to the House’s archives also enriching the collection.
Presented to the rhythm of a musical composition by Giorgio Moroder – punctuated by the voice of Maripol – these creations are designed for facing the current context with the high energy, hyper-sophistication, and profound lightness of the Pop spirit.
Peter Philips, creative and image director for Dior Makeup, created a look with a strong eyeliner under the eye using Diorshow 24H Stylo, a luminous complexion with Dior Capture Totale Skincare and Dior Forever foundation and natural lips with Rouge Dior Satin.
Watch the savoir-faire and key inspirations behind the Dior Fall 21 women’s collection recently unveiled in Shanghai, from Pop updates on the leopard print — a tribute to Mizza Bricard, a muse and collaborator of the founding couturier — to Andy Warhol, working on screen prints in a similar way to the artist’s approach in the ’80s.