Images: Dior Fall 2022 Collection Exalts ‘Strength Through Unity’
In the fascinating new book Miss Dior: A Story of Courage and Couture, author Justine Picardie (whose 2010 Coco Chanel: The Legend and The Life was shortlisted for the Galaxy National Book Awards) explores the sometimes forgotten story of Catherine Dior, sister of the legendary designer. During the 1940s, whilst Christian was honing his couture skills and preparing to change the world with his by now legendary 1947 debut collection, Catherine was fighting for the French Resistance, and was ultimately sent to Ravensbruck, a women-only German concentration camp. She was a hero in every sense of the word.
Always seeking a deeper dive into the philosophical depths of Dior, for her new Fall 2022 collection Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri sought inspiration from Catherine, as well as several of the other mostly unsung women who helped to guide Christian to meteoric success. Amongst them were his press officer Suzanne Luling, a friend from his youth in Granville; Raymonde Zehnacker, who was his longtime righthand assistant in the studio; and the flamboyant Mitzah Bricard, Dior’s most formidable muse.
Their influence shows through under a new banner of sisterhood for the House, “L’union fait la force,” strength through unity. And the clothes are designed to be worn at once with a sense of unity, but also strongly encourage creativity and freedom of individual expression. And perhaps that’s just what we’ll need from fashion in 2022, as we struggle out of two years of a deadly pandemic that has done its best to keep us apart: solidarity through style.
Maria Grazia Chiuri has indeed done it again.