This Paris Fashion Week is all about Dior.
Right now, Musée des Arts Décoratifs is running the “Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve” (Christian Dior. Dream Couturier) exhibition, the largest fashion exhibition to-date in Paris, that celebrates the journey of Christian Dior over the past 70 years.
But what you're doing here with Dior seems political.
What do you mean political? If you think you are political, then you are political. It’s normal in my point view.
But I think everything is political in a way. If you have a point of view, you are political. So, yes, I think I may be political (laughs)!
So, your approach is really working. Why do you think feminist fashion works?
I think I want to support the girls, especially young girls who look to fashion and have an idea of fashion. I am so happy to start working in the industry when there wasn't so much information about fashion.
Like the idea that everyone has to follow a model but I prefer to play with dressing and make my own look. I think we have to start speaking this way, especially with the new generation.
(Watch the highlights of the Dior show below)
Is it important for you to make your collection wearable?
Yes. I don't design the dresses for myself, I do the dress for other women and I prefer women to dress my pieces in their personal style; and express themselves the way they want to. That’s my job.
You often work with the archive to find inspiration. What do you see in the heritage and the history of Dior?
To move forward into the future, you need to know your past and I think, in the past, there are great references to build a good future. The memory is a sign. I believe in memory and not the idea of nostalgia. There's a difference.
If you see the exhibition and when you look the designs by Saint Laurent, for example, you see that their silhouettes are similar to those of Monsieur Dior himself.
And when you look at Marc Bohan, the look and feel are closer to the future Saint Laurent, but why? It's not because it’s a different design, but because the women have different needs at their time.
Just like the Dior grey (used prominently post-World War II). I don't believe that after the war, women would want to walk around the city dressed in pink or yellow.
So, who is the Dior woman now?
All the women who really want to express themselves freely!
(Swipe gallery below to see who's on the front row of the Dior show)