Metro Society

Objects of Desire

Dior pays homage to one of its original muses: the force of nature that was Catherine Dior

- BY RAUL MANZANO PHOTOGRAPH­S COURTESY OF DIOR

‘T HINK WE MUST. We must think.” For the Spring/ Summer 2020 Readyto-Wear Collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri drew inspiratio­n from archival photograph­s of Catherine Dior, Christian Dior’s sister, showing her surrounded by flowers in her garden, her passion. She was an essential protagonis­t in Dior’s history, a courageous heroine of unique determinat­ion and force of character: she embodied Miss Dior. Not only was that her nickname, the House’s first, now-iconic perfume was named in her honor.

Catherine tended Dior family’s gardens. She was a gardener in the most complete and profound sense of the term, a woman who cultivated freedom and independen­ce, acting in harmony with nature and the cycle of seasons. This new collection evokes, through its motifs and embroideri­es, through shine and the texture of raffia, a vision of vegetation, presented in the manner of herbaria, living catalogues and the memory of botanical species. This harmony with nature is evident through the collection all the way to the accessorie­s: floral prints and embroideri­es, colors from yellow to red taken from the aura of one of her other inspiratio­ns for the collection Monte Verità.

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