“What’s important, when we start out, is not necessarily to understand but to love”
Jean Cocoteau’s statement stamped on a model’s collarbone opened Maria Grazia Chiuri’s ode to Surrealism at Dior’s Haute couture show, which aimed to weave the wonderfully weird twentieth-century movement into wearable, high art.
A show where the elegant guests were invited to partake in a delicate stroll of transparencies, veils, sexy nudity and a game of chiaroscuro, evidenced by the excessive use of black and white textiles. A lovely mascaraed show where sometime you see too much and sometimes you see very little. This same dialogue was used to create the most exquisite and elegant masks made of layers of structured tulle that cut out the model’s lovely graphic make up. Like dolls with large eyes the models were lined up to show the excessive Dior femininity. These masks, or as I call them, ‘eye-frames’ were created in collaboration with British milliner Stephen Jones, in honor of the masked ball Dior hosted last night for its clients.
“Because haute couture is a dream of fashion,” the designer stated in her show notes, “It’s a place where there are no limits to pushing boundaries and experimenting with technique, material and form.” And so she delivered this big communal dream with giant hands, torsos and eyes fluttering above the ground in a very Dali-esque vibe.