The glitchy replicas of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring that lined the walls of Dior’s Fall/Winter 2022 show venue gave the first hint of the futuristic direction that Maria Grazia Chiuri is steering the house into next season. (They were, in fact the work of Italian artist Mariella Bettineschi who reimagined the creations of Old Masters through a feminist gaze).
Staged at the usual Dior show spot in the Tuileries Gardens, the show officially marked the start of Paris Fashion Week. Among the guests invited to the event were Rihanna (she raised temperatures in the chilly Parisian weather with her black lace negligee dress that showed off her famous baby bump and black lingerie) and Blackpink star and house ambassador Ji-Soo.
Rihanna at the Dior Fall/Winter 2022 show.
They were treated to one of Chiuri’s most experimental showings since she took over the creative reins at the storied French couture house in 2016. Athletic, modern, innovative, yet very elegant, the show also saw Chiuri flirting with notions of cyborgism and working closely yet again with a fellow Italian collaborator – this time, the startup D-Air Lab.
More observations from the show below.