Though it’s been a moment since Maria Grazia Chiuri first debuted her Dior Fall 2021 ready to wear collection against the glittering, gleaming backdrop of Shanghai’s Long Museum West Bund, the celebratory fashion mood is still very much front of mind.
The Dior womenswear collection drew from the now well-trod global influences that are shaping designers’ work—consciously or not.
We saw nods to pop of all kinds (including a Blackpink name-check in the press release), traces of Warhol-esque psychedelia and Marco Lodola’s acidic New Futurism, and then there’s the embracing of some faintly Steven Stokey-Daley-style prints on a pair of wide culottes.
Admittedly, the last may be a reach—though Harry Styles’ growing influence as a style icon is undeniable.
Dior’s Fall 2021 ready to wear showing offered up a vibrant colour palette to rival the likes of rising brands like Lisa Says Gah and Holiday The Label, however, Chiuri also took a look back into the Dior archives.
The bright pink and fluorescent green-yellow tulle numbers for example? They’re both silhouettes from Monsieur Dior, Moulin Rouge and Diana. The two delicate tulle dresses have been given a 2021 update, complete with rebel ballerina styling.
The colour palette and heavy scattering of sequins and tie-dye suggest Chiuri is working to the same brief she shared about the Pre-Fall collection.
“We would like to come back to making fashion in a more light, less serious way, because we are all people that love fashion, so we want to be optimistic for the future,” the designer explained.
As well as reinterpretations of icons like the Dior Bar jacket, a 1950s leopard print trench created by Christian Dior himself, and the anorak, the collection showed off boiler suits, workwear and silver utility gear. Consider it Patagonia by way of Studio 54.
Pop and Dior fans alike can explore the collection at a dedicated pop-up in Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne, running from May 6 to June 5, 2021.