The Dior Spring-Summer 2022 Show : Challenging the status quo through a game
The show starts with a myriad of colors, with the camera placed above the stage giving the audience an overall shot of the stage. What catches the eyes though is the different colored dartboards and the written “ il Gioco del nonsense” translated from Italian which means the game of nonsense inspired by an art piece by the Italian artist Anna Paparatti.
This reminds us of the promotional video of the collection introducing the universe of guest artist Anna Paparatti.
With elements from the Tibetan and the Nepali culture, the imagery gives the impression that the show’s theme would be inspired by the Himalayan culture. It is not something foreign to Maria Gracia Chiuri especially with the cruise 2022 show when she drew inspiration from ancient Greece to give birth to a stunning marriage of eras. However, Maria and anna had a different idea. Similar to when she opened her eyes as if opening the show and starting the game.
I think that both artists have succeeded in creating a story of liberation and anti-conformism of the Dior woman while staying rooted in reality. All that was accompanied by a rather dark atmosphere.
The show starts with the first model making her way in a black suit with a white shirt underneath, black sandals and a bag .Noticing that on her way and in the center of the stage the word popoca is written in yellow with a blue background. It means, to smoke. Maybe it was intended to announce the clear message of rebellion.
Maybe it was intended to announce the clear message of rebellion. Smoking is often an expression of freedom and independence. This was especially clear during the second and third half of the show. Next was a simple yet beautiful short black dress with what appeared to be a white tank top.
The theme continues while we notice other models climbing the next steps on the stage making it seem like a clock moving as time passes away another interpretation would be that it was an artistic choice to signify taking the next step.
While a piece of beautiful yet subdued music is performed live adding to the atmosphere of the show. Meanwhile, M started to add color to the collection. Yellow, orange, and green being the key colors with symmetric and neat shapes and lines.
It is in 6:32 that we feel the direction of the show has shifted quite a bit with the violin becoming more prominent and the appearance of the first “non-conformist “ outfit compared to the others that preceded it. Reminiscent of a boxing game and different from the slim look of Marc Bohan which Chiuri cited as inspiration.
The change and the visible touch of the designer may perhaps be a clear indication and separation of the history and the vision that Chiuri demonstrated with the leopard prints on straight and rectangular lines
Finally, my overall impression of the show is that the artists wanted to convey an image of reality through the “ simplistic “ ( such as suits and dresses) which were in black and white. However, the gradual inclusion of colors and the beautiful leopard prints were a definite challenge to history. All are presented on a stage adorned with colors and dartboards. Announcing that the Dior woman is someone who is aware of her reality but that doesn’t stop her from taking a shot and a step forward
Yes, pun intended.