Dio(r)evolution. A silent revolution, the one made by Maria Grazia Chiuri. A revolution able to reread, reinterpret, bring back again archives of a long story started in 1947. Also Annie Goetzinger is trying to do it through the same mean: creativity. A fantasy story tangled with actual topics. With really existed characters, with iconic garments. Just like the issue number 9 named “Bar”. They used to be called that way. Maria Grazia Chiuri makes her walk the runway, too, and it’s there for all to see. Transformation mixed with tradition: daily life dresses and finery, leaving enough room for iconic and everlasting features. Therefore, references linked to a past beloved by Monsiuer Cristian Dior melt together with modernity without losing elegance. As a result, it is possible to find fencing and the movie “The Innocent” by director Visconti, inevitably fused with denim’s jeans. We may also find garments which change, like butterflies transforming into other butterflies. We can see a corset mutating into a jerkin dress embroidered with golden bees and the elegant “Bar” dressing buckles; then we get lost among evening dress prints showing precious fabrics. A trip which is back to the past, yet it keeps an actual taste. The same taste which was narrated by Annie Goetzinger and her main character, Clara Nohant. She was thrilled by Miss Dior just before the runway, seeking an everlasting New Look. A look which is new now, as it used to be.
New Fashion-Book crossover between Summer – Spring collection 2017 featuring Dior and a pretty pertinent graphic novel: “The Girl in Dior” by Annie Goetzinger. You may think that the comparison is predictable… We are talking about Dior, what could that story tell us about the runway? Could it add something new to what is already under our noses? Well, everything. Annie Goetzinger wanted to recount Dior, his beginning, his period in Avenue Montaigne 30, seen from the eyes of a young reporter, who wasn’t known for being dressy. Through new images full of creative power, she brings us back to those years, yet she actualizes them into a romantic and stylish love story. A plot where fictitious and real characters are ready to tell the tale of one of the most powerful Maison in the w
orld; through the pleased faces of Caramel Snow and Bettina Ballard (Harper Bazaar and Vogue’s important fashion editors) and Rita Hayworth’s admiring glance, covered by smoked glasses, Maria Grazia Chiuri, like the novel authoress, is in charge of the same task: “ The first thing I did when I joined Dior was to understand the world where I was, in order to provide my brand standpoint, and that my glance was dedicated to nowadays women”. Says Maria Grazia Chiuri; she, as an “art gallery curator”, has proved to be able to travel in all of the Maison’s ages, digging it up with a unique and extremely feminine touch.
And what about you? Have you ever read any graphic novels?
Are you wondering what they are? Well, they may be merely defined as “adult comics”. Plots are similar to the novel ones, but they are narrated through images. I hadn’t read any of them before this year, yet, in case you were interested, I’ll post a special article to give you some advice.
Because, as you know very well…
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(Image of Dior SS17 taken from SyndacateDaily)