PFW SS19: Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s Dance Inspired Presentation

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Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s SS19 Show
Backstage at Dior SS19

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For her latest collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri sent a dance inspired assortment of ballerina shoes and flowing tulle gowns down the runway. Here’s everything you need to know about Dior’s SS19 show in Paris.

The venue
The Hippodrome de Longchamp, a racecourse on the outskirts of Paris played host to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s sixth ready-to-wear collection for Dior. Conceived by set designer Alexandre de Betak, the pop-up theatre took a team of 60 people two weeks to build. The outside of the set featured quotes by famous dancers including Isadora Duncan and Pina Bausch. Within the 164-metre square space was a pitch-black dance hall, lined with black wooden benches.

Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s SS19 Show

Outside the Dior SS19 set

The inspiration
As well as Duncan and Bausch, the designer cited “heroines of contemporary dance” Martha Graham, Ruth St. Denis, and Loïe Fuller as inspiration for her SS19 collection. According to show notes, “Christian Dior loved dance, as evidenced by the Dior archives, which contain documents illustrating his extraordinary collaboration with Roland Petit on the ballet Treize Danses, and photos of Margot Fonteyn, the dancer and House client”.

Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s SS19 Show

Backstage at Dior SS19

The dance performance
Choreographer Sharon Eyal was tasked with presenting a dance performance that ran in sync with the show. Before any clothes appeared on the runway, two dancers performed underneath rose petals that were falling from the ceiling. As the models emerged, so did more dancers and they criss-crossed through each other’s paths in rhythmic beauty.

Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s SS19 Show

Models and dancers on the Dior SS19 runway

The silhouette
Simple and elegant would be the best way to describe the Dior woman come SS19. Opting for a comprehensive vision of multipurpose dancewear, Chiuri sent an array of tulle tutus, floor-skimming skirts, braided ballerina shoes, leotards, flowing sheath dresses and fishnet body stockings down the runway.

Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s SS19 Show

Backstage at Dior SS19

The headband
Just like any good dancer, models at the Dior show had their hair slicked back and accessorised with a sleek double headband. While Prada opted to bring back the Alice band in all its embellished glory, Dior is making a case for minimalist practicality with its version of headgear come spring.

Five Things You Need To Know About Dior’s SS19 Show

Backstage at Dior SS19

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  • Words by Gracie Stewart
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