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Christian Dior Fall/Winter 2024 Paid Tribute to Pioneering Women of History

The best shows from Paris Fashion Week FW24: An ELLE preview on Christian Dior

Finale at Christian Dior FW24
Finale at Christian Dior FW24 with installation of artist Shakuntala Kulkarni. Image courtesy of Adrien Durand

An important chapter in the House’s history book.

For Christian Dior’s fall/ winter 2024 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri looked back at one of the most significant moments in the House’s rich history: the birth of Miss Dior.

Specifically, Chiuri cast showgoers’ minds back to 1967 when, led by Marc Bohan and Philippe Guibourgé, the brand made the then-visionary shift from haute couture into ready-to-wear.

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Tribute to the liberating 6os at Christian Dior FW24. Image courtesy of Christian Dior

And while Miss Dior as it once was might be long forgotten, in Chiuri’s imagination, the central ideas live on.

model walking down the runway at Dior FW24
Little black dress at Christian Dior FW24. Image courtesy of Christian Dior

The fall/ winter ‘24 collection paid tribute to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, and the versatile and autonomous kinds of femininity this shift gave rise to. Functional forms like slouchy trousers, shirting, and low-heeled shoes in neutral colours met with effortlessly elegant evening styles, from floor-skimming sheer dresses to crystal-fringed skirting which, as the show notes described, enhanced the female body without restricting it.

model walking down the runway at Dior FW24
60s at Christian Dior FW24. Image courtesy of Christian Dior

Another central component to Chiuri’s vision was the scarf, tapped for its multifaceted wearability. Adjustable and compact, Chiuri championed this simple accessory as protective, enveloping, and embellishing; a must-have addition for pioneering independent women, both then and now.

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The scarf at Christian Dior FW24. Image courtesy of Christian Dior

Other slightly androgynous accessories, like fedoras and angular handbags, nodded at the movement of women in the ‘60s towards traditionally male careers.

model walking down the runway at Dior FW24
Fedora hats at Christian Dior FW24. Image courtesy of Christian Dior
model walking down the runway at Dior FW24
Glamour of the 6os at Christian Dior FW24. Image courtesy of Christian Dior

Of course, the Parisienne runway attracted several fashionable faces to the front row. Among them, friends of the House Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence, as well as Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki.

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