POWER TO HER
Dior continues to show a progressive style under its artistic director and brings the artist Niki de Saint Phalle in the limelight.
After Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first woman at the head of Dior, sent her models across the catwalk in “We Should All Be Feminists” shirts, it quickly became clear that the once-romantic brand would now stand for female empowerment. In fact, one year later, her message again reads: Women ahead! While researching in the archive of the fashion house Chiuri came across a series of photographs by the artist Niki de Saint Phalle. On one of the pictures she poses for Dior, which moved the designer. The artist who died in 2002 was one of the most important sculptors of the last century became her muse.
But above all: one has to critically question the concept of muses itself. Not only was Niki de Saint Phalle known for her heart beating for Guns rather than Roses, and her creativity – quite unlike most muses . Chiuri unites these opposites in her spring collection by letting voluminous female body nanas, hearts and dragons of her creator of ideas in the form of embroidery and mirror mosaics strike clear silhouettes. Niki de Saint Phalles lets a bright colour palette enter a dialoge with lace, silk, leather – that in itself says it all.