28 sep 2021

3 things to remember from the Dior spring-summer 2022 show inspired by the 60’s

Maria Grazia Chiuri proposed a radically different collection for Dior spring-summer 2022. Abandoning the iconic New Look introduced by Monsieur Dior during her first show in 1947, the Italian designer draws on the legacy of Marc Bohan a silhouette that also revolutionized fashion at the beginning of the 60s. Here are three things to remember from this collection.


Successor to Yves Saint Laurent as artistic director of the house of Dior, Marc Bohan held the position from 1960 to 1989. An emblematic designer of the sixties, he imposed, from his first show , which was a real commercial and critical success, a new straight and refined silhouette called “Slim Look”, in total opposition to the New Look with the strangled waist and imposing petticoats of the founder of the house. 



The Slim Look


If Maria Grazia Chiuri had already referred to Bohan in the past, in particular for the Dior Fall-Winter 2018-2019 collection, never before had she strayed so far from her own codes, definitively abandoning the trio of Bar jacket, midi skirt and thin belt as well as embroidery, in favor of a graphic and clean silhouette, with cropped lengths, a straight waist and a declination color block. A-line dresses and skirts meet box jackets and A-jackets with large buttons, while tangerine orange, apple green, fuchsia or sunshine yellow clash. There are also more street silhouettes that combine denim jackets and pants as well as boxer sets. Special mention for the dresses entirely embroidered with glass beads for a very successful night clubbing effect.


A series of new bags


There is no Saddle, Lady Dior or Riviera tote bag in this collection, but a series of new bags with classic lines, or small models worn on the shoulder or bowling style. An interesting and refreshing risk-taking, given the success of the house’s iconic models. As for shoes, flat boots resolutely sixties rub shoulders with feminine babies while a pair of thick rain boots bring a casual touch.


A playful staging


This collection also disrupts the course of the classic fashion show since the models sit down, from the beginning of the show and to the music of the brilliant Italian electropop duo Il Quadro di Troisi, on a playful and colorful tiered stage signed by the artist Anna Paparatti. One by one, they move around this stage as if on a board game before going around it to present the silhouette. With this spring-summer 2022 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri proves that she knows how to renew the identity of the house by infusing it with freshness and youth.