Like many seasons under the guidance of Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, this season, Dior’s Pre-Fall collection made a statement that extends beyond fabric and silhouette. Unlike other collections throughout the year, Pre-Fall is the only collection without a show, without a runway and without any other special effects. The clothes stand alone, speaking for themselves.
This collection was not a grand spectacle to be admired from a far but rather a close study that asks us to reflect on the role of fashion and women in the past, present and coming future. Chirui weaves together her own reflections and analysis based on her vast study through The Manifesto by Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior in This Millennium which are positioned throughout this collection. Her manifesto is found upon 10 declarations which speak of sustainability, inclusivity, diversity and the creative process and production of design that takes inspiration from the past to illuminate the future. They command attention, contemplation and above all the spirit of Dior in a new era.
Dior‘s 2020 Pre-Fall line-up seeks to reconsider Mr Dior’s founding principles. It builds upon the existing framework of the house to bring a new element of intellectual substance as “Fashion design occurs through the connection of communities, knowledge and visions” which is Chiuri’s second declaration. Featuring carefree and comfortably corseted silhouettes and constructed pants mixed with leather, tartan, denim and checkered prints.