Couture might typically be defined by all things mystical and magical, but Dior’s show at Paris’s Rodin Museum last night was an ode to the “real”. After more than a year of digitally streamed presentations while the pandemic raged through Europe, last night’s fall/winter 21 haute couture showing was a dazzling return to the runway IRL (front row and all).
Tactility and texture were at the forefront of the collection – qualities that will never fully translate on screen, no matter how magnificent the fashion film. Hand-loomed tweeds, tumbles of silk, luscious cashmere and soft-to-the-touch knits all delighted the senses, while an exquisite large-scale embroidered work by visual artist Eva Jospin lined the walls.
A new practicality imbued the pieces; smart coats, belted blazers and the house’s signature Bar jacket in charcoal grey, checks and camel opened the show, slowly morphing into the fluid, feather-trimmed gowns and powdery shades beloved by Monsieur Dior himself.
But above all, explained creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, the night was a celebration of craftsmanship. A tribute to the artisans – many who saw their livelihoods slashed last year – who work tirelessly behind the scenes (and seams) to fashion these creations.
And a reminder that even in a digital age, nothing beats the energy and intimacy of the human touch.