A Tale of Two Cities, Dior Bridges the Gap Between New York City and Paris

Fusing fashion and art, the setting for the Dior Fall 2024 show at New York’s Brooklyn Museum brings together more than meets the eye. The collection weaves a narrative that transcends boundaries, celebrating the meeting of cultures and the evolution of feminine expression. 

The show location was decorated with twenty luminated sculptures of two hands inspired by the feminist rallies of the 1970s, a perfect backdrop for the collection. From stars-and-stripes for quintessential Americana to Parisian elegance, the collection focused on retracing Christian Dior’s footsteps and bridging the gap between not only New York and Paris but the symbolic connection between the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. Serving as a connection between these two iconic cities is actress Marlene Dietrich, who has long been associated with Dior, both on and off-screen. Dietrich’s unique ability to blend a diva’s presence with a boyish allure served as inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri in crafting this collection, echoing the notable silhouettes that epitomize Dior’s timeless appeal for women.

Dior’s bond with New York City traces its roots back to 1947 when Christian Dior first saw the city skyline and was captivated by the city’s vibrancy. In 1948, the Christian Dior New York Subsidiary was established, marking a significant milestone in the House’s expansion in the American market ahead of the collections becoming available at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1950. Come 1971, Dior opened its first address in the United States further cementing its commitment to the American market and affirming New York’s status as an important hub for the House. 

Incorporating lingerie-inspired dresses for a touch of sensuality alongside tailored suits and tweeds sourced from English menswear fabrics, the accessories featured among the collection included a new version of the iconic newsprint saddlebag, originally introducing during John Galliano’s Dior tenure. A classic black beret was also shown, paying homage to the hats worn by Marlene Dietrich, adorned with the House emblem, and crafted by Laulhère, the last remaining atelier specializing in beret production.

Beyond fashion, the Fall 2024 collection is a celebration of art and feminism. Alongside the runway show, installations by artists Suzanne Santoro and Claire Fontaine are displayed to offer a deeper exploration of the female representation and empowerment. Santoro’s work dives into the iconography of the female body, challenging traditional narratives and reclaiming a women’s autonomy with installations that welcome introspection and dialogue, inviting viewers to reconsider preconceived notions of femininity. Claire Fontaine’s neon sculptures and thought-provoking installations further the feminine discourse, highlighting the power of action and resilience from women throughout history. 

As Dior continues to forge connections between fashion, art, and culture, the Fall 2024 collection serves as a testament to the spirit of creativity and innovation both past and present.