Christian Dior's A/W 2023 Haute Couture Collection Contemplates Fashion Through the Filter of Art

Christian Dior's A/W 2023 Haute Couture Collection Contemplates Fashion Through the Filter of Art

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Christian Dior's A/W 2023 Haute Couture Collection Contemplates Fashion Through the Filter of Art

Chiuris' latest collection serves as a testament to different realms of imagination conveyed by virtuoso savoir-faire.

Chiuris' latest collection serves as a testament to different realms of imagination conveyed by virtuoso savoir-faire.

Text: Maddie Street

Following the debut of the 2023 Cruise Collection, Dior unveiled their latest Autumn/Winter 2023 haute couture line, dreamed up yet again by the honorable Maria Grazia Chiuri. With the tree of life placed at the heart of this collection, Chiuri gives an emotional charge to the emblem that symbolizes the connection between mythologies and all forms of creation. Reinterpreted by Ukrainian artist Olesia Trofykenko, who designed the mesmerizing set design for the show, the Tree of Life is symbolic of universal reach, marking a new dialogue of the art and crafts through the prism of couture.

Trofykeno's emblem is in line with stylistic codes shared by many lands. Through this profound conversation, Chiuri is given space to contemplate fashion through the filter of art, exploring this territory of tradition that appears both enduring and revolutionary, just like couture. This collection is a testament to different realms of imagination conveyed by virtuoso savoir-faire.

Photographed by Adrien Dirand

Through a profusion of painting and embroidery on cotton, wool crepe, silk, and cashmere, this collection resonates the imagination with different folkloric customs. Thanks to refined gestures of the hand, the tree of life is thus transformed into a manifesto for harmonious plurality, allowing restoration of balance, if only momentarily.

Dress in black wool crepe with an embroidered breastplate and a stylized bouquet in jet black and microsoutache.

Black siłk chiffon dress, flowers and scrolls in emerald silk weave, enhanced with bronze mesh and matching smocks.

Red silk chiffon dress embroidered with plant branches in beige thread and ganse braid, guipure motif inlays.

The branches, the trunk, and the roots of the tree of life are a vision that plays freely on several garments in attribution to the profusion of sumptuous embroideries made of cotton threads, silk threads and yarn. The dresses are adorned with patchworks of braids composed of bronze and black lace and guipure. Silk chiffon was selected for the long, airy dresses that convey the lines of the body in a virtuoso interplay of smocks.

Jacket in a beige cotton canvas embroidered with a passementerie effect in Russian bourdons and matching braids over a chiffon shirt and bar skirt.

Large beige wool jacquard trench coat enhanced with small trimmings over a beige silk georgette dress with a smocked breastplate.

Coat in a two-tone cut out felt appliqúes on inlaid camel and black checkerboard motif on black crepe chiffon top and skirt set.

Beige nuances are sometimes punctuated with a touch of black or blue. These notable embroideries require excess time to achieve this level of excellence, showcased on cotton fabrics, wool crepe, silk and cashmere.

Black cashmere and brandebourg jacket over pleated skirt in gold, black and beige jacquard weave, and black and gold hand pleated lace skirt.

Watch the full show below:

Credits: Images Courtesy of Lou Jolibois (Christian Dior)

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