You Say You Want a Revolution: Dior

A quick history lesson for you: one day in 1966, a group of young women dressed in miniskirts held a protest in front of the Dior boutique with placards bearing “Mini Skirts Forever.” Marc Bohan, the then artistic director of Dior, consequently came up with the Miss Dior collection. It was the time of youthquake. Of change and revolution. 


DIOR FW18 show in Paris. Photo by Regis Colin Berthelier for NOWFASHION.

“We’re in a revolution right now,” said model and actress Cara Delevingne after today’s politically-revved and feminist-charged Autumn/Winter 2018 Dior collection. It saw the designer continue in her plight to assert women and their rights, and so found itself going back to the source: the Sixties and Seventies, when youth revolution was in the air. 

And so in the year that marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK, and at a heightened time when it comes to gender equality, with headlines across a broad spectrum of industries coming to the fore, Grazia Chiuri’s message of course strikes a chord. 

And looking at magazine tears strewn across the walls for the set – reading “women’s rights are human rights” – and the poncho-clad models, bakerboy caps and swinging knits, a pertinent time was alive and well on the catwalk, a slight Saint Laurent vibe in its Seventies patchwork and denim, fuzzy jackets and bejewelled hands. 


DIOR FW18 show in Paris. Photo by Regis Colin Berthelier for NOWFASHION.

It was an incredibly shoppable collection, something that Grazia Chiuri has very much made her calling card for the brand since her installation; these accessible pieces will be able to find themselves easily in a wardrobe – be they the Dior version or not.

Kilts continued what has now become something of a signature silhouette for her. They went from short and tartan to tulle and maxi; sturdy knitwear boasted “ban the bomb” motifs; jackets were shaggy and supersized; and wisps of dresses were made from a medley of prints which wafted as they went. And the saddle bag, a much-loved design from the house and made most popular during the Carrie Bradshaw years of Sex and the City, was back. 

Because one thing Dior does so well of late is those accessories, see the point above about being shoppable. And this collection complemented that and was perhaps one of her best within these new-found parameters of the house. 

 

See DIOR's full FW18 collection here.