THE NAME OF WRITER/ARCHITECT BERNARD RUDOFSKY’S FAMOUS 1944 EXHIBITION THAT EXPLORED THE MEANING OF FASHION, THE QUESTION ALSO LIES AT THE HEART OF DIOR PRE-FALL 2020. REINVENTING HOUSE ICONS NEW AND OLD BY VARYING THEIR CUT, PRINTS AND FABRIC IN ALMOST UNORTHODOX WAYS, CREATIVE DIRECTOR MARIA GRAZIA CHIURI OFFERS SOME INSIGHT DURING THESE INTROSPECTIVE TIMES: THEY CERTAINLY CAN BE.
Jacquard jacket, cotton shirt, canvas bucket hat, metal and acetate sunglasses, resin pearl and enamel necklace, and nylon bag strap. All Dior
How far can and should the present-day creative director of a historical fashion house tinker with heritage? Maria Grazia Chiuri muses over this daunting question in Pre-Fall 2020 only to come up with a refreshingly effortless collection for Dior, which includes the brand’s signature Bar jacket and tailored shirt rendered in casual, summer-friendly fabrics. Denim shirt, matching shorts, cotton bucket hat, and nylon and leather belt.
Since coming on board as Dior’s creative director in 2016, Chiuri – intellectual, feminist and an inner bohemian – has introduced her own, often more youthful and relaxed signatures such as the anorak to the French maison. Like the brand’s classics, these get a similarly surprising makeover with un-ladylike prints like tie-dye and camouflage in Pre-Fall, blurring the lines between what’s from the past and what isn’t. Jacquard anorak, cotton shirt, brass earrings with resin pearls, and brass necklace
Whether it’s a heritage or new icon, and comes in plain neutrals (think black, grey and camel) or masculine-tinged patterns like checks and camo, every piece in Dior Pre-Fall 2020 makes a solid wardrobe fundamental with its fuss-free lines and stripped-back attitude. (Clockwise from top left): Viscose-blend vest, matching top, and brass and enamel necklace. Polyester coat, cotton T-shirt, wool skirt, cotton bucket hat, resin pearl and stone necklace, and leather belt. Cotton skirt, embroidered cotton bracelets, metal bracelet, matching ring and Book embroidered canvas tote. Neoprene cardigan and embroidered cotton bucket hat.
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