Dior Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture: Surreal Whiteness

Inspired by surrealism, especially by artworks of Leonor Fini, the Artistic Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri created a playful collection in black and white featuring many elaborate wedding-worthy looks.


Dior's spring/summer 2018 haute couture collection was a fascinating presentation at the Musée Rodin in Paris. From the very beginning, haute couture was crucially connected to modern art and Maria Grazia Churi wanted to emphasise this connection with a couture line-up that is inordinately creative and whimsical. While the collection is undoubtedly contemporary, there are obvious references to Christian Dior’s iconic New Look range mirrored in elegant silhouettes. At the same time, designs are utterly modern featuring sharp geometric shapes and complex constructions.


The world of surrealism is a dreamy one which is almost upside down as it represents twisted reality and the designer managed to translate this artistic vision into a superb couture range featuring 72 breath-taking pieces. Surrealist elements were embedded into clothes. Motifs of chess and dominos, birdcage-inspired nets and mind-boggling optical illusions were truly fascinating, but the most provocative piece was a gown crafted from eye-shaped beads which took 1,700 hours to make. 


The most precious gems of the collection were the delicate gowns in bridal white. If you are looking for ideas for your big day, this haute couture show will definitely give you ideas. We loved white dresses adorned with filigree laces, translucent tulles, romantic ruffles, frothy feathers and immaculate beadwork, but there were also a few simple, modernistic pieces which are the perfect examples of minimalism in bridal fashion. 


We also loved the white gowns with subtle black details such as poetic embroideries and mini bows. White fabrics adorned with black embellishments and accessories was one of the key bridal trends in 2017 and now we are seeing it at couture shows in 2018!


The collection was enriched with a range of sharp white suits which can also be worn to weddings while their black counterparts might appear on some red carpet events we are eagerly waiting for.


And it wouldn’t be a haute couture collection if there were no mystical details like face masks, over the top embellished accessories and unique hair and make-up. “I think dressing for fantasy is not a bad thing. Sometimes you need to be someone else”, said Chiuri. But our attention was particularly drawn to a very different accessory, namely the full-length white hooded cape embellished with 3D petals and feathers. We think it is the perfect thing to keep you warm during a winter ceremony!

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