Bodices, belts, trousers. And then, boots, shoes and bags. Leather plays a fundamental role in Dior‘s Pre-Fall 2020 designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri. The collection was presented to the press in the showroom in Paris. An encounter and a clash. Between? The Italian and French visions of fashion, which the designer of the brand says were caught in her details, in an interview with MF Fashion.
Practicality and beauty against philosophy and identity
“French fashion has always focused on the idea of the couturier as an artist”. Meaning? “The expression of the dream in a way I would call romantic”, explains Maria Grazia Chiuri from the pages of the magazine. And the Italian one? “Instead, it is much closer to design. This is even more true with regard to prêt-à-porter”. Italian DNA feels strong in this collection. “Combining creativity and industry – she explains – is the combination that has made Made in Italy great. Producing in large scale what was once achieved only by the tailor was a huge added value for Italy”.
Seen from France
“The fact of being in France allowed me to become aware of my background”, the designer acknowledges. Why? “In France – she concludes – fashion is valued at an institutional level, in Italy perhaps its great diffusion and the rooting in the country system in terms of production have made it something taken for granted. Being here, I became aware of a series of choices that I made instinctively in the past”.
Photo from Vogue