A contemporary dance-infused show for Spring-Summer 2019 braided Maria Chiuri Grazia's core tenets of artistry, identity politics, and femininity together into one cohesive whole. Bodysuit-clad dancers, choreographed by Sharon Eyal, moved to a metronome click backed by orchestra music, the looks criss-crossed the cavernous space inside the Hippodrome de Longchamp. Soft white petals fell from above, and combined with the dancing and the model walks, there was a lot to look at during the show.
For Spring/Summer 2019, she swaps the tight, corseted bodice for a simple tank, offering a gentle, balletic spin on the look. As women are increasingly demanding more comfort from their clothes, it was a good time to change it up.
Aside from a line-up of soft, swishy dresses – some bearing Grecian drapery and others sparkly embroidery and lace accents – Dior offered lots of options for day. the presentation was injected with the language of past collections. For instance, Dior’s 1960s rebel girl from last season was present here in embroidered khaki green separates, acid wash denim and tie-dyed silk slips. Meanwhile, Grazia Chiuri’s celebration of female artists like Niki de Saint Phalle (Spring/Summer 2018), Georgia O’Keeffe (Cruise 2018) and the incredible dancers she cited for today’s presentation — Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Pina Bausch — were present in the spirit of the clothes and the way they moved so freely.