Maria Grazia characterizes for constantly promoting feminism and for transforming one of the most demurely feminine houses into one of the most outspokenly feminist, one of the most recent examples is adding phrases like, the now iconic: “We should all be feminists” or “Why have there been no great women artists?” in her designs, and these phrases have resonated deeply with a lot of us.
For Dior’s fall 2020 runway, the inside of Jardin des Tuileries was full of big neon signs with phrases such as: “Consent,” “Women Raise the Upraising,” “Patriarchy = Climate Emergency,” and “Feminine Beauty Is a Ready-Made”. These signs were created by a collective of feminist artists called Claire Fontaine, their installations, videos and artworks are inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s work and are characterized by a solid way of telling the truth.
For Maria Grazia, creating a collection with feminist statements goes beyond expensive clothing. Her goal is to spread her message throughout the world and provoking a discussion long due. This collection is a personal diary of Maria Grazia’s teenage life in the 70’s, when the marches for what women decided to wear became politicized. It’s totally an artwork.
I had a the most amazing experience at Dior’s show, as they invited me to backstage where I met Peter Philips (the creative director of Dior makeup), who talked to me about his inspiration for this collection, they wanted to show a very natural skin, without highlight or glow. Just a rough look. The emphasis was on the model’s eyes, playing with different eyeliner’s intensities.
If you saw my Instastories, you were able to see this backstage’s apparent craziness and I say apparent because in reality, a lot of organization and commitment are necessary for the whole team working behind the scenes to make everything work out perfectly and having an extraordinary show.
The collection itself, reflected Dior in a very relaxing and informal style, yet refined. The pieces were meant for any occasion, mostly casual wear.Net tights, combat boots, layering between the clothes and the accessories, ties and necklaces mixed together, see-through fabrics that showed Dior lingerie underneath, plaid skirts and blazers that reminded me of a preppy style, denim pants and jackets, more casual pieces like bomber jackets, bags and pants in military textures and for the last pieces some long night dresses with fringes and transparencies.
The color palette was in dark colors like blue, black, green and gray, some of the pieces have more colorful details in orange and red. I loved the hair looks with patterned scarves tied to the head in a very casual and breezy way.
I wore a total Dior look, a long navy-blue dress with a belt, long net shoes and a beautiful crossbody bag with golden details. I did a very natural makeup with red lips and for my hair, I chose a high bun with a heart pin as a detail.