Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2018-19 Ready to Wear Collection

With pieces of posters and newspaper articles from back in the 1968 Dior was a throwback affair, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection paid tribute to not just the feminism like the previous shows but also to the Paris student’s protest of 1968. The entire set of the show had wallpapers of different posters and news pieces connected together not just on the walls but on the floor as well. The idea of this collection came from a recent exhibition in Rome that focussed on the events of 1968 which Chiuri had attended and she wanted to know what was happening in the Dior house that year. The digging was more than fruitful when she came across a black and white photograph of a bunch of chic women standing in front of the Dior store, protesting, because there were not enough miniskirts inside.


And this is how the collection was born, an ode to the protest, the on-going feminist movements and specifically connecting those past events to the events of today: the student protest by American school children against an NRA manipulated USA government, a movement run by the victims of the Parkland shootings. Just like how these very movements have made a comeback much of the collection was also highly inspired by the era. While one hoped that it would probably be skirt suits and salacious gowns it was the fashion of a counter culture that made an entrance on the runway.


School uniforms, kilts, leather jackets and sheer tulle skirts were popular throughout the collection. This represented the innocence of the children yet the inner strength which they possess to carry out nationwide movements and a power to change the laws and bend the government if the need arises. Patchwork jackets and dresses and accessories were also present, a representation of the anti-consumerism culture only the jackets were actually made of the pieces of archival Dior prints and much more luxurious or as they say today ‘boujee’. Each model on the runway looked like a warrior, a protestor and a revolutionary fighting against the injustice perpetrated by the society.


The sixties were an era of powerful social movements around the world from the student protests to the counter culture movements and the Miss America protest. The sixties were a culmination of a collective anger against the existing system that was fraught with discrimination and draconian practices. With most of the designers this season focussing on the movements are they hinting a comeback of the sixties, an era of social revolution?