Focusing on the personal, almost private and unseen world of women, Christian Dior creative director, Raf Simons, chose to honour women in his latest collection for Dior haute couture this spring/summer 2014.
“I see this collection as almost abstract,” says Simons. “I wanted to focus on the idea of intimacy around couture more than anything else, the emotional experience of it; the relationship between the clients, the salon, the women.”
The usage of soft feminine fabrics make this collection extremely girly.
It is a decidedly sensual world that is evoked in the collection. Here an intricate play of transparencies and a contemporary approach to cutwork and embroidery are the predominant motifs; ideas of the hidden, the intimate and the exposed are both playfully and poetically evoked.
The concealed craft and construction of garments, the layers of delicate flower embroideries at once hidden and revealed, the respect for and the revelation of the female body see the exquisite skills of the couture atelier at its peak. A new form of construction through decoration is explored in the intricate, delicate cutwork to be found throughout the collection. This gives the clothing a contemporary third dimension through embroidery and an architectural quality. Yet all appears light and effortless despite the collection being one of the most labour intensive yet produced.
Cut outs add texture and character onto each garment.
At the same time there is a notion of dialogue with the contemporary couture client; how a woman would envisage and wear a couture garment today. The gestures of Christian Dior, that would purposely break the perfection of his clothing at times, are reimagined as coming from the client herself; slicing away necklines, stripping back or gathering a length of skirt, or simply wearing training shoes are all elements of this new insouciance.