The Sound of Dior: Maria Grazia Chiuri + Kim Jones Release Their End of Year Playlists

Above image: Dior Fall 2021 collection

“There’s a brand new dance
But I don’t know its name
That people from bad homes
Do again and again”

The sound of fashion, like the clothes themselves, has been alternately joyous, provocative, uplifting, subversive, perspective-altering…there’s really no telling how many adjectives it would take to fully complete this sentence.

Yet despite designers so meticulously devising/curating the soundtracks to each season’s shows, when the last model disappears from view, often the music goes with them – and then into the ether forever. So we were particularly intrigued by Dior creative directors Maria Grazia Chiuri (women’s) and Kim Jones (men’s) offering to share a compilation of each of their top songs from their most recent shows. And it turns out both playlists definitively exhibit their uniquely excellent sonic proclivities.

Chiuri is in possession of a slightly more obscurantist bent, selecting as she did Nils Frahm’s ‘All Melody,’ and Steve Reich’s ‘Drumming (Four Tet remix).’ But she also gets visceral in a very femme with Amy Winehouse’s ‘Tears Dry On Their Own,’ Nina Simone’s ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ and Björk‘s opulently impassioned ‘All is Full of Love’ (incidentally, one of the best ecstasy songs ever recorded). There’s also a 2018 Remaster of Kate Bush’s 1985 masterpiece ‘Cloudbusting.’

For his part, Jones is brilliantly all over the place, choosing Neneh Cherry’s delightful version of ‘I’ve Got You under My Skin’ (written by Cole Porter in 1936), ‘In Your Arms (Final Fantasy)’ by Icelandic post-rock quartet VAR, Malcolm McLaren + the Bootzilla Orchestra’s ‘Shall We Dance’ (from the sadly under-appreciated album Waltz Darling), and for the rockers, Skunk Anansie’s ‘Hedonism.’ The inclusion of the Underworld rave-generation masterpiece ‘Born Slippy’ may seem a more obvious choice – but it’s yet another reminder of how decisively that song defined the end of a monumental cultural era. So yes, good choice.

Certainly if we trust designers to dress us up, these excellent Dior musical collections proves that we can also count on them to help soundtrack our uniquely stylized lives – especially at a time when we’ve likely exhausted our own playlists, and are in very much in need of new cultural inspirations to drive us on to a better 2021.

Dior Men’s Fall-Winter 2020/2021, Men’s Fashion Week, January 2020

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