Dior women’s collections for next autumn/winter 2021/22 paraded immersed in the enchantment of the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles. A suggestive and magical atmosphere was the setting for the fairytale world brought to the catwalk. Dark princess dresses, inspired by fairy tale characters: from Little Red Riding Hood to Beauty and the Beast, from the Tin Soldier to Alice in Wonderland. A world that follows that of superstition presented in January on the occasion of Haute Couture.
The creative director of the Maison Maria Grazia Chiuri explores the world of fairy tales to propose a 3.0 version of the modern princess. A tribute to a feminine sensitivity that knows how to keep childhood and maturity together. The narrative is projected into the future. Suggestions, intentions, dark setting contrast a collection of positive visions.
The tin soldier’s uniform is transformed into a series of blue cashmere coats with red and white backgrounds on the back. Lamé and jacquard triumph with their matchless glow. It’s still, fabrics with floating gold and silver threads that seem to have been made as if by magic. Small dresses in matte black with a wide crenelated neckline. In black is also a series of garments. From skirts to the down jacket, Bar decorated with a robust Dior code, the Cannage. Constant in the collection is the red that we find in the short coats, in capes, and raincoats. Great protagonists are then the Scottish fabrics, in a fantasy of roses, recovered from the archives that refer us to Beauty and the Beast’s original story, much loved by the artistic director.
But there is no self-respecting fairy tale that does not talk about beautiful princesses and their thousand and one night’s dresses. Here then, on the catwalk, long evening dresses in a palette of beautiful colors, with trains and applied flowers. For this season, the Creative Director also called in 5 female illustrators to express today’s princess’s portrait.
The Dior fairytale made our dream of all being princesses. Strong, tough, determined, fragility is part of us, Beauty is in the personality of those who express it, and the dress is the perfect way to do it.