Christian Dior supports artist Judy Chicago
At the Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2020 Haute Couture show, a message swung on a banner above our heads: “What if women ruled the world?” And from the inspiring feminist artist Judy Chicago, who had created the womb-like structure as a show venue, to Maria Grazia Chiuri as designer, the famous couture house was focusing on women first and foremost.
“I think all women working creatively in fashion and art have the same problem – a feeling that women can realise themselves more in motherhood,” said Maria Grazia, who translated her deep feelings about women into clothes – a collection almost entirely of graceful dresses, wafting from neck to ankle, their surfaces decorated with light-as-air handcraft. They were her interpretation of “goddess gowns”.
The result was not so much punchy as dreamy; the reincarnation of Grecian mythology, to show “the complexity of the relationships between feminism and feminists”, in the designer’s words.
It also revealed the exceptional craftsmanship of the Dior studios, with torsos draped, or embroidered like sheaves of wheat, above silken skirts with rows of soft folds. With the sheen of gilded surfaces, the dresses suggested the goddess Athena on a mountaintop speaking out for women.