Why have there not been great women artists?
This question was posed by Linda Nochlin in an essay published in 1971 and Chiuri ran with this impression that gave birth to this season’s vibrant collection.
It was the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle that truly inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri’s RTW collection for Dior this season. The artist possessed a playful and colourful palette, filled with exuberance and the ability to communicate a range of emotions through her works, some of which included Nanas, or large and whimsical animal sculptures that can be seen on the Mini Lady Dior bag. The collection is filled with dancing hues, which were seen in action on the runway, and pieces that would have definitely appealed to the artist. Many facets of the collection are also nostalgic of the time period when Marc Bohan was head of the house, owing to full skirts open in the front, little dresses and jumpsuits. Chiuri wasn’t afraid to borrow elements from Bohan’s repertoire, which was also very much in line with the artist NIki de Saint Phalle, who was a close friend and muse for Bohan.
The Image Code’s Tina Kakkad Dhanak is seen sporting the very first compilation debuted at the runway show for the collection, which features a long-sleeved striped shirt that boldly states in black the opening statement of inspiration, “Why have there not been great women artists?” This shirt is paired with wide-legged denim and Dior’s Book Tote Bag in embroidered Dior oblique canvas, making Tina look daring and fierce. To top it off, Tina is wearing Dior’s denim beret, which enhances the artist look.
Aaliya Nensey is seen wearing a beautiful ensemble from collection, which is a shimmering gold pantsuit featuring an open Chinese collar along with button knots and a flared pant, adding to the flowing silhouette. Aaliya paired the look with the Mini Lady Dior bag in patent calfskin and black stilettos to give the style the ideal touch of drama.