Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri sought to elevate the perception of fabric from materiality to form in the Fall/Winter 2021 Haute Couture Collection, utilizing innovative weft and warp constructions in order to transform the emotional value which fashion possesses. The runway featured the large-scale Chambre de Soie installation by French artist Eva Jospin, which showcased tremendous embroidery in luscious shades of pale nudes, pinks, and greens, meant to replicate the Salle aux Broderies in the Colonna Palace in Rome. The backdrop revealed the emotional significance the textiles possessed, a sensation that Chiuri sought to bring to life in the collection. Haute Couture collections showcase tremendous craftsmanship and an innovative design ability from the designers, and Chiuri exemplified this practice by using embroidery as a form of language, communicating that fabrics hold more than just material value, but transcend into the realm of embodying form and complimenting the human spirit. Thus, the collection presents a distinct aesthetic which celebrates the architecture of tailoring, while also embodying what Chiuri believes is the purpose of Haute Couture, and that is “to make visible what one does not see”. Details such as structural pleats, handmade embroidery, and a sea of textures and tweeds dominated the runway in various shades of nude, pink, and powder blue. In-person spectators such as Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevigne, and Florence Pugh, and house ambassadors Anegla Baby, Erin O’Connor, and Yara Shahidi watched the digital presentation from home, allowing for a celebration of the collection to take place from all corners of the globe.
View the gallery to discover our favourite looks from the collection.