Fashion / Fashion Week

Style notes from Dior’s dance-inspired SS19 show

Ballet remains en pointe for the fashion set this season.

To open Paris Fashion Week, Dior staged a dance-inspired collection (with live performers choreographed by Sharon Eyal) inside the Hippodrome de Longchamp (a racecourse on the outskirts of Paris). The female empowerment slogan has become a key focus to Dior under Maria Grazia Chiuri, but for her spring / summer 2019 collection it is what’s left unsaid that speaks volumes.

“Dance is at this collection’s heart,” Grazia Chiuri says. “Dance as a liberating act, an action of the body, a dimension that uses rhythm, movement and music to connect with the deepest part of our being. Dance and fashion define the body and, through discipline teach us to own it.”

Bodysuits, tanks and light jumpsuits form a choreography of clothing in 50 shades of nude. A subtle but strong collection, the pieces often challenges the complexity of hyper-femininity associated with ballerinas: corsets are replaced with tanks, dresses are worn under large coats and volumes alternate from full and airy skirts to long and short tutus. As Sharon Eyal writes : “The story comes from inside the body.” You can check out the full collection in the video below.

24 September 2018

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