Dior Gives New Meaning to the Word “Divine” for Spring 2021 Couture

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Christian Dior was a superstitious man, but not superstitious in the way that suggests paranoia or looking over one’s shoulder, but in seeing the signs and symbols presented by the universe and following them to their conclusions. If it weren’t for this superstition, the house of Dior might never have been built. As he deliberated over whether or not to leave his design position at the house of Lucien Long, he ran smack dab into fate. A five-pointed gold star fell from a carriage right in front of Dior as he stood on Rue Saint-Honoré, where he was waiting to meet a friend to discuss his potential career shift. He took it as a sign from the universe to set out on his own, and his legendary Maison was soon born. Likewise, fate deals a hand in Maria Grazia Chiuri’s dreamy scenario for Dior Spring 2021 Couture.

Dior Spring 2021 Couture
Photo: Courtesy of Elina Kechicheva | Dior

Themed on the major arcana of tarot, otherwise known as the divinatory arts, the Dior Spring 2021 Couture collection travels into the realm of enchantment. The incredible savoir-faire of Dior’s couture ateliers bring the cast of tarot to life: the High Priestess, the Fool, Justice, Temperance, the Hanged Man. The symbology of tarot acts as a doorway to the unconscious, and in order to unlock it, one must look within. This idea shares surprising similarities to legendary psychologist Carl Jung’s interpretations of consciousness, which also relies on clear and relatable symbology known as archetypes. 

This message is certainly not lost on those who have searched for inner transformation during a universally tumultuous year.

In the collection, the High Priestess stands for power, and in Dior Couture she is imagined in a regal bustier dress textured in golden jacquard, while the Fool is represented in an embroidered top over a gauze shirt, paired with an appliquéd skirt. Temperance is seen in a devoré velvet gown decorated in a hand-painted print over a gilded base. Masculine elements (or as Jung would put it, the “animus” side of consciousness) plays out in fitted ‘Bar’ jackets, and lace-like leather tops worn like breastplates with slim trousers. This acknowledgement of both sides of the self – the masculine and the feminine – lead to a revolution of self-awareness. This message is certainly not lost on those who have searched for inner transformation during a universally tumultuous year, adding an emotive layer to the collection that elevated it beyond the realm of mere clothing.

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