Maria Grazia Chiuri

Christian Dior an Haute Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Fashion and art simply oscillate in perfect harmony, and with respect to the master of couture, Mr Christian Dior — undeniably the combination resonated with him throughout this career.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Departing his early career days as an art gallerist, Dior turned his artistic viewpoint to haute couture as a fashion designer infatuated with the female form, and Dior’s revolutionary “New Look” allowed women to finally dress feminine again. Postwar, a cinched waist with a curved figure became the epitome of the 1950s silhouette for women, a look that continues to echo throughout recent collections.

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Christian Dior Celebrates Female Artists with the Dior Lady Art Project

Of course, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female artistic director to take the helm at Christian Dior is leading a new powerful moment. The Dior Lady Art project, which invites artists to exclusively custom-design the coveted Lady Dior handbag, has carefully selected an all-female collective of eleven artists.

Christian Dior, spring RTW 2018 and spring RTW 2017

Christian Dior, Spring RTW 2018 and Spring RTW 2017

Chiuri poignantly noted her debut collection of Spring 2017 with a literary nod to Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her essay, titled ‘We Should All Be Feminist,’ which Chiuri emblazoned on a t-shirt. For Spring 2018, the first outfit to hit the runway, styled with a striped t-shirt read, ‘Why have there been no great women artists? But the question is not why but where? So as the old adage reflects, ‘third time is truly a charm’, Chiuri follows up with an answer to that very question with a coterie of female artists that enamour the contemporary art market.

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