Dior Haute Couture Fall Winter 2023-2024 “Sacred Reverie – Exploring Divine Femininity”. Review by RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Dior.
The Dior Haute Couture Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection presented by Maria Grazia Chiuri is a captivating blend of timeless elegance and contemporary artistry. With a keen focus on couture craftsmanship and a reverence for sacred sources, Chiuri creates a poetic fusion of fashion and the female form.
Drawing inspiration from artist Marta Roberti, the collection pays homage to goddesses and their association with animals, incorporating their postures and movements into the designs. The garments evoke a sense of reverence and divinity, with a hieratic sequence of models echoing the steps of ancient divinities that have shaped the world. The silhouettes are vertical and statuesque, accompanied by flat shoes for a grounded elegance.
The color palette of white, beige, silver, and pale gold lends an ethereal quality to the collection, emphasizing purity and light. The structured jackets and coats with folds beneath the chest evoke classical statues and the fluting of columns, further enhancing the timeless appeal. Embroideries featuring pearls, symbols of purity, glisten with iridescent beauty as they intertwine with silver threads.
The collection also embraces the shimmering textures of the sixties, bringing a touch of nostalgia to the designs. Long skirts and dresses are embellished with these captivating textures, while wool and cashmere occupy a prominent place, adding a sense of luxury and warmth. A holy garment-inspired cape, sometimes embroidered, adds an additional layer of regality to various ensembles.
Pleating takes center stage, particularly evident on the sleeves of men’s jackets, showcasing the meticulous attention to detail and craftsmanship synonymous with haute couture. This attention to detail extends to the overall vision of the collection, which aims to guide us towards a future that embraces sensitivity and a deep appreciation for the past.
The collaboration with Marta Roberti enriches the collection with her meditative approach and artistic representations of goddesses. Through her drawings, she intertwines animals, goddesses, self-portraits, and untouched landscapes, channeling the lost world where the feminine creative principle was honored as the origin of life. Her installation, displayed in the gardens of the Musée Rodin, pays homage to these supreme forces that governed the universe, incorporating animals as guiding spirits.
Overall, the Dior Haute Couture Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection is a captivating blend of craftsmanship, reverence, and contemporary artistry. Maria Grazia Chiuri’s dedication to celebrating the past while envisioning a future filled with sensitivity shines through each meticulously crafted garment. This collection is a testament to the enduring power of femininity and its ability to support and sustain the community we form.