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Dior Takes Couture in a Serenely Pared-Back Direction for Fall 2023
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by Grace Gordon 3-minute read July 4, 2023

Dior Takes Couture in a Serenely Pared-Back Direction for Fall 2023

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In the hallowed halls of the Musée Rodin, the Dior Fall 2023 Couture show unfolded in harmony with its surroundings. The collection – an exquisite synthesis of modernity and nostalgia – is a textbook study of Maria Grazia Chiuri's capacity to tap into the mythos of Dior. Yet, her fingers don't merely trace its history; they deconstruct and rebuild it. Chiuri has chosen to walk the precipice between Dior's storied legacy and the insistent drum of the future. It's a balancing act, one exemplified by her opening series of Greek goddess gowns in classic, elongated styles – all presented in serene ivory shades – juxtaposed against fitted suiting.

Chiuri seems to be both a historian and a futurist, a curator and an innovator.

Classicism also touches the longline draping of the collection’s many dresses and capes, but their finishes are often thoroughly modern with gilded netting, ruching, jacquard embossing, and stippled paillettes. Throughout the collection, sheer looks often echoed Chiuri’s signature dresses from earlier in her career at Dior, but it’s an echo that talks back, arguing for fluidity and comfort without compromising on elegance.

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While a pared-back simplicity is a central theme of the collection, the closing look is a symphony of crystals studding an ivory cape and gown that is both bridal in its romanticism and glamorous in its subtle look-at-me flash of prismatic paillettes. As we sift through the collection, we feel an assertive tension between the old and the new, an embrace of tradition while simultaneously discarding its constraints. Chiuri seems to be both a historian and a futurist, a curator and an innovator. It's a juxtaposition that could feel awkward in less adept hands, but in Chiuri's, it's a seamless dance of history and possibility.


The Dior Fall 2023 Couture show wasn’t just a parade of beautiful garments – it was a dialogue, an engaging conversation about the place of tradition in a world incessantly marching forward. As ever, Chiuri's work goes beyond fashion; it delves into the psyche, the culture, the social fabric that clothes are woven into. After all, as Monsieur Dior himself once said, "Fashion comes from a dream," and Chiuri is not afraid to keep dreaming.

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