Defined by many as “the most superstitious man in the world”, Christian Dior used to consult tarot cards before presenting his new collections. The fascination for the unknown, for atmospheres full of magic and mystery, continue to influence the world of the Maison just as the cards did with Monsieur Dior himself.
For the spring-summer 2021 Haute Couture collection, the tarot symbols return to amaze with their charm and are intertwined in precious fabrics, resulting in an evocative combination of magic and savoir-faire. The dreamlike dimension created by Maria Grazia Chiuri is brought to the screen through the lenses of Matteo Garrone, who for the second time directs the cast Dior in a short film in which the fantastic prevails over reality and reason.
The elements of magic and wonder are just the dominant themes, which stand out in the majestic fabrics and in silhouettes reminiscent of romantic traits. The jacquard applied on empire-style dresses further underline the meticulous work and attention to detail, bringing back in vogue a style that has been disused for a long time but that has been lately revised the scene thanks to TV series like Bridgerton.
The empire style alternates with other dresses that go down wide up to the ankles or even more tight on the body with soft balloon sleeves. There is no shortage of dresses that blend masculine and feminine silhouettes, a difference that is getting thinner and thinner in every Dior collection; the famous Bar Jacket returns, here combined with a see-through pleated skirt.
Grey, a shade often found in the House’s collections, is presented here first with tweed, then in cashmere and organza. Without any doubt, the hooded dress is the highlight of the collection, as well as the symbol of Death that through the tarot cards comes to life in this surreal atmosphere.
The dress is made of antique gold laminated on grey tulle, entirely embroidered by hand. The grey and the ancient gold, together with the embroidered motifs present the image of a dress inevitably marked by the years, but thanks to the richness of the materials and its precious legacy stays relevant and ultimately wins over the passing of time.