AUTUMN-WINTER 2020-2021 HAUTE COUTURE COLLECTION

EYRE

LONG WHITE DRESS IN DRAPED TULLE EMBROIDERED WITH A MARCEL MARIËN’S QUOTE IN BLAK CREPE RAT TAIL © Dior

 

Surrealist images manage to make visible what is in itself invisible. I’m interested in mystery and magic, which are also a way of exorcising uncertainty about the future,” says Maria Grazia Chiuri of her autumn-winter 2020-2021 haute couture collection.

During this unprecedented period, the Creative Director of Dior women’s collections chose to focus on the work of artists such as Lee Miller, Dora Maar and Jacqueline Lamba, who transcended the role of “muses” to which their beauty had initially relegated them in order to champion – in their lives and surrealist works – a different femininity.

The new collection is imbued with that attitude: one that is connected, attuned to nature and transformation. Certain pieces display spectacular gradations of red, like a coral reef swaying in the glimmer of the ocean. The colors of paintings by Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning live on in these creations through luminous hues and dreamworlds.

For the Eyre dress, the quote “Blanche et muette, habillée des pensées que tu me prêtes” (White and mute, dressed with the thoughts you lend me), is inspired from a Marcel Mariën’s photograph  Le Tableau Blanc (1953). The same quote is written by hand on the back of a naked lady posing from behind.

This practice of combining words and the female body runs through Mariën’s entire photographic work, whether the letters are painted directly on the body, or whether they are placed on the body itself, or whether he enhances postcards depicting female nudes with words. The female body is used as a «white board», the words bringing meaning.

EYRE

LONG WHITE DRESS IN DRAPED TULLE EMBROIDERED WITH A MARCEL MARIËN’S QUOTE IN BLAK CREPE RAT TAIL © Dior

 

LE TABLEAU BLANC

Marcel Mariën, Le tableau blanc (The white board), 1953, original photograph © Fondation Marcel Mariën. 

For more informations about the autumn-winter 2020-2021 haute couture collection, please go visit Dior official website.