Stealing glances under their fishnet bucket hats with pearl chokers fastened around their necks, Christian Dior’s AW 19 models stole the show with their attitude and verve. Harking back to British sartorial staples such as tweed, tartan, and plaid, Dior’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri used this collection to explore the relationship between the French maison and British culture.
The collection was inspired by a rule breaking British subculture in the 50s called, The Teddy Girls, where post-war girls rebelliously appropriated male clothing for an entirely new look. The runway saw the Dior girls with perfectly tailored Edwardian jackets, nipped waists from the 50s, fishnet fascinators, British prints, and fantastically retro spider lashes. Grazia Chiuri incorporated technical materials for a modern sportswear twist, dressing girls in bucket hats, slick patent frabrics and anoraks. Here, Grazia Chiuri describes the genesis of her dynamic new collection – one of pure rebellion and intrigue (in the British sense, of course).