The Covid-19 has wreaked havoc on the fashion calendar, with both the resort 2020 and the menswear spring-summer 2021 collections being practically cancelled, and the future of the womenswear spring-summer 2021 remains uncertain. Yet, the absence of fashion weeks and shows doesn’t mean the loss of a collection. Brands continue to publish looks, whereas fashion powerhouses embrace the digital platform to share the fashion show experience with editors, buyers, fans and observers alike.
After announcing its audience-free fashion show in Italy on July 22 for the resort 2021, which is delayed from the original schedule in May, the French maison sticks to the original fashion calendar for its haute couture fall-winter 2020 collection. Showcasing a total of almost 40 looks, Dior dreams up a surreal world inspired by the works of Lee Miller, Dora Maar and Jacqueline Lamba, combined with archives and traditional presentation of the noted Dior atelier which features the haute couture “day looks”, with suits in men’s fabrics of exceptional architecture representing a virtuoso feat, that of a perfectly-crafted, miniature creation. A coat reveals pleated layers. Draping evokes antique statues. Luminescence sublimates the gray and golden yellow tones, offering a dazzling brilliance. In keeping with the forgotten tradition, the collection ends in a grand finale that is a wedding gown.
The digital presentation opened with the film Le Mythe Dior by Matteo Garrone, the Italian filmmaker who directed Pinocchio and a friend of Maria Grazia Chiuri. The surreal short weaves a loose storyline around fantasy and dreamscape, with couriers bringing a trunk of shrunken clothes to a forest inhabited by nymphs. With the artisans working their magic, the miniature clothes become real.
Discover more about the Dior Haute Couture fall-winter 2020 collection at dior.com/.