FU­TURE PER­FECT Dior’s Pre-Fall ’15 col­lec­tion spoke of util­i­tar­ian glam­our fit for the mod­ern-day Princess Leia. By Cai Mei Khoo.

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For Dior’s first of­fi­cial Pre-Fall show, artis­tic direc­tor Raf Simons looked East. In the fu­tur­is­tic me­trop­o­lis that is Tokyo, he staged an equally fu­tur­is­tic show, held in the city’s pre­em­i­nent sumo-wrestling sta­dium, Kokugikan. Simons’s choice of lo­ca­tion was tes­ti­mony of the mai­son’s long re­la­tion­ship with Ja­pan. At the Es­prit Dior ex­hi­bi­tion ear­lier held in Ginza were his­tor­i­cal sketches, pho­to­graphs, doc­u­ments, and clothes that show­cased Mon­sieur Dior’s fas­ci­na­tion with Ja­panese cul­ture. The designer’s imag­i­na­tion sparked dur­ing his child­hood spent at the fam­ily home in Granville: Les Rhumbs was de­signed with Ja­pane­se­in­flu­enced in­te­ri­ors, a style that was fash­ion­able at the time. “The stair­case was dec­o­rated with large painted pan­els, in the style of Ja­panese prints, that reached the ceil­ing,” re­called Mon­sieur Dior. “Th­ese in­ter­pre­ta­tions of Ou­ta­maro and Hokusai were my Sistine Chapel. I can still see my­self, con­tem­plat­ing them for hours and hours.”

Of note were the ex­quis­ite dresses Princess Michiko wore at her wed­ding to Crown Prince Ak­i­hito in 1959. There were two evening dresses and one day dress cre­ated by Yves Saint Lau­rent from sketches by Mon­sieur Dior, us­ing fab­rics or­dered from the pres­ti­gious Tat­sumura (a tra­di­tional weav­ing work­shop in Ky­oto), the same sup­pli­ers that Dior had worked with from the early ’50s.

Fast for­ward to present-day Tokyo, a fleet of Dior li­mos – com­plete with cush­ions in the house’s sig­na­ture shade of dove grey – fer­ried 1,400 guests to Kokugikan. Bureau Be­tak, Dior’s go-to set de­sign­ers, suspended a huge metal grid mid-air, above a large square plat­form that was to be the run­way. Ar­ti­fi­cial snow fell gen­tly from the roof, evok­ing the sense of a ‘Float­ing World’,

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