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Protest Parade at Christian Dior AW18


Continuing to employ her catwalk stage to parade political messages and empower women the world over, Maria Grazia Chiuri pioneered the resistance culture that saw a sense of poignancy amongst the 1960 student ethnicity to campaign women’s equality throughout her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection at Christian Dior.

Turning back the clock to half a century ago, the French fashion house advocated peace and flower power along with women’s rights in a showdown that illustrated the message loud and clear, located inside Musée Rodin. Sharing the inspiration behind its collection on social media, Dior wrote, “Take a look back to a time a half-century ago when revolutionary thoughts and actions were placing the power and energy of youth centre stage and influencing generations to come. For Autumn/Winter 2018/2019, Maria Grazia Chiuri tapped into this anniversary, reinventing and reimagining the legacy of those heady times.” 

Hillary Clinton’s illustrious 1995 quote, “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” was seen decoratively plastered on the show spaces exterior, whilst the inside reflected an identical significance. Feminist slogans, fashion magazine cut-outs and protest signs, all extracted from 1968, were unapologetically wallpapered and collaged throughout.

Undoubtedly arriving with little surprise, Dior’s sartorial offering reflected the 1960 resistance in equal measures to the aesthetical value of the walls. Kicking off a new season at Paris Fashion Week, the catwalk commenced with a thick woollen jumper that illustrated “C’est Non Non Non et Non!” (which converts to “It’s no no no and no!”) and an oversized peace motif adorned another chunky knit.

Dresses, mini-skirts and boots were pieces throughout that collectively imbued 60s-inspired patchworking, whilst further standout designs included an influx of flower-power dresses, paisley-esque prints, a standout shag coat and sunglasses featuring vibrant lenses. Nonchalant tailoring prevailed amid the collection, as did waist belts to highlight the womanly physique, along with a number of diaphanous dresses with ruffled hems and not forgetting the black newsboy caps that accessorised every single look.

Words by Kate Farley

Images courtesy of Christian Dior

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