Let's talk about Christian Dior.
Today's blog post is in collaboration with Ose, fashion journalist of FauxFashunista.
Mr Christian Dior was a French fashion couturier for fashion house known as Dior. It was the first house acquired by LVMH around the recession in the 90s. After his death, many other designers including Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri also led the creative directing of Dior.
During his time of being designer for the fashion house, he created one of his well known collections called 'Corolle'. This collection included Bar Suits that were tailored to give women a curvier looking physique.
'With its hourglass-y line, Christian Dior provided women with the ammunition to assert their powers of seduction' - Vogue magazine.
After he died, he appointed Yves Saint Laurent as creative director, who used to be his assistant. Saint Laurent was later removed when drafted for military duty in Algeria. For the collections he designed, they were simplified, made with dark coloured fabrics, and he initiated the mixture of leather goods and haute couture.
Below are some images during John Galliano and Raf Simons' time at Dior. John Galliano was more daring with his creativity for Dior, however, his reign didn't last too long as he was dismissed due to his anti-semitic remarks. Control was then handed over to Raf Simons for about 3 years, before leaving for personal reasons.
Fast forward to today, with the first female as creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. She portrays feminism in her pieces, fits in with trends, and still displays the traditional 'Dior' style. Her most distinct collection for me was her SS17 'We should all be feminists', named after an essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.