Maria Grazia Chiuri on Her Dior Fall/Winter 2020 Collection

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During Paris Fashion Week, Maria Grazia Chiuri presented a Fall/Winter 2020 ready-to-wear collection inspired entirely from a journey of introspection, one where she maps out an atlas of emotions and takes a look back to her childhood. In her soul search, imagery of her mother transports Chiuri to a time in which the entirety of her future awaited. From there, photos of powerful actresses who acted as muses for her mother’s coutureatelier followed, inspiring her to strive towards becoming a strong woman of her own. It’s that journey of womanhood that made this collection so unique, and Chiuri ultimately utilized her platform to make a dynamic, feminist statement on the runway. 

The staging was designed in collaboration with the Claire Fontaine collective, a highly-acclaimed studio that has exhibited at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. Above the showroom in extravagantly large lettering, Chiuri makes her message clear in a plethora of female-empowered phrases including, “Women’s Love is Unpaid Labor” and “Consent.” Aside from the statement-making set, Chiuri’s designs complemented the female form in Dior’s classic cuts and signature patterns. 

Below, watch Maria Grazia Chiuri explain the full inspiration for her latest collection.

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