Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 19 Report & Exclusive Savoir-Faire Video
31 January 2019

Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 19 Report & Exclusive Savoir-Faire Video

Dior turned the staging of its Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 into a circus. The showspace was a traditional circus tent, which took 2 and a half weeks to construct. 70 tonnes of scaffolding, 92 tonnes of ballast, 45 tonnes of structural material, 2000 handmade floor panels, 1km of garlands, and 2900 square meters of tent canvas were required to make the tent and its harlequin-esque flooring, into a reality.

Dior Haute Couture SS19 Showspace Circus Tent Interior

Dior Haute Couture SS19 Showspace Circus Tent Exterior

In true Maria Grazia Chiuri fashion, there was a performance to go along with it to bring the circus theme to life. Of course, it was an all-female circus troupe, Mimbre. Chiuri’s Dior circus was a fantastical one, with clowns as the main “character” due to their androgynous, asexual, and gender-neutral qualities. Although Chiuri actually changed things up, her circus-themed collection wasn’t at all random, because she actually drew inspiration from the House’s history, particularly in matters of staging the “Dior Circus”.

Founder Monsieur Dior loved visiting the Cirque d’Hiver, and in 1955, renowned photographer Richard Avedon captured the essence of his style in an extraordinary. Dior in turn took Avedon’s famous photo  Dovima and the Elephants, which he felt was a reflection of the wonder and majesty of haute couture. Prior to this, British television also covered Dior’s show at The Savoy in London with a show report entitled Dior “Circus” Comes To Town in 1950. John Galliano then revisited this circus theme, likening a fashion show to the parade that inaugurates a circus show.

Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 19 Runway Looks

Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 19 Runway Looks

For the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 19 collection, Chiuri presented a circus-themed collection, through costumes, fashion and art, particularly an extension of Cindy Sherman’s work on clowns. Here, we see a woman’s tattooed skin which becomes a unitard with a motif, embroidered skirts with opaque sequins which have become short tutus reminiscent of acrobats, tamers, and riders. Chiuri’s circus was therefore a parade of full and light pants which are tapered at the ankle, with the ability to morph into jumpsuits, shorts came with frayed ribbons to suggest their passage through time. Ruffs too, were used as shoulder details, and on shorts. Leather corsets, sailor stripes, and black jackets, were inspired by the lion tamer. And most noticeably, the clown inspiration particularly with the tiered organza capes, and diaphanous geometric dresses. Oh and if you’re wondering about the skullcap-esque headgear, that was the work of milliner Stephen Jones.

Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 19 Runway Looks

Dior Haute Couture Spring Summer 19 Runway Looks

And, since the clowns may be considered as the main “characters” in the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 collection Dior has very kindly given Bag Addicts Anonymous an exclusive FIRST behind-the-scenes LOOK at the petite mains working on the clown dresses at the atelier.

Is it a man or a woman? It’s neither one nor the other – it’s a clown ~ Le Costume Le Clown Blanc: Gérard Viscaire, la passion pour seul habit by Sylvie Nguimfack-Perault, 2016 ~

Images and video courtesy of Dior