Dior’s haute couture show was one big optical illusion

Dior’s haute couture show was one big optical illusion

Dior’s haute couture show was one big optical illusion

Haute couture shows are normally a feast for the eyes, and Dior’s latest collection was no different.

It was as glamorous as you’d expect, but try not to look at artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s creations for too long because you’ll be in danger of going cross-eyed.

Maria took her inspiration for these unique patterns not from viral optical illusions, but the Surrealist art movement – think artists like Salvador Dali, who loved playing with tricks of the eye in his paintings.

(Francois Mori/AP)
(Francois Mori/AP)

The fashion house quotes Argentinian surrealist painter Leonor Fini to sum up the show: “Only the inevitable theatricality of my life interests me.”

 

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Theatrical is definitely an apt description for the show, which transformed the Musee Rodin in Paris into a giant black and white mirrored chessboard.

Models walked this catwalk-come-chessboard in mainly monochrome outfits, complete with ethereal eye masks created by Stephen Jones.

(Francois Mori/AP)
(Francois Mori/AP)

The monochromatic palette is being seen as a potential nod to the Time’s Up campaign, which involved actors wearing all black to the recent Golden Globes in protest of sexual violence.

Haute couture shows tend to be pretty over-the-top, and are often seen as the reserve of the fashion crowd. However, Maria’s latest collection for Dior really seems to have struck a chord.

Unfortunately we don’t think we’ll be seeing any of Dior’s dresses down Tesco, but they’re still incredible to look at.

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