Dior Couture Spring-Summer 2022 Collection
Courtesy of Dior/Frederique DUMOULIN
By definition, haute couture is handmade, from start to finish. The labor-intensive process is hidden in the details, and to the untrained eye all there is to see is an exquisite track covered in detailed embroidery, whimsical embellishments and a expertise in textile handling. But what we rarely think about is the time spent on it. These bespoke designer items are akin to art, and many belong to a museum (some, in fact, do). For Dior’s spring-summer 2022 haute couture collection, this sometimes represents more than 700 hours. It’s for a glance, More precisely. Please pause for silence.
Dior’s closing look – a bodysuit with a layered fishnet dress – is a masterclass in craftsmanship and artistry. Not only did it take more than 700 hours of work (more than 29 days in a row, by the way), but no less than three craftsmen devoted themselves to its realization. The intricate dress is made with “in aria” embroidery in silver metal and rhinestone mesh, decorated with vintage lamé roses.
The skillful workshop itself is what artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted to highlight, declaring in the brand’s press notes that it is “a living organ where craftsmanship and know-how meet and evolve, during a collaboration that constantly reaffirms the magical and scientific language that is haute couture.
The previous collection was pretty much the same. A palette of rich neutrals and immaculate cuts contrasted by embellished tights was one of the show’s biggest takeaways, complemented by the grandiose metallic evening wear Chiuri is known for. The formula she’s followed since her appointment in 2016 is marked by her signature quiet opulence (dusted with a feminist bent), and this couture season is no different.
The closing act wasn’t even the toughest on the track. That title belongs to Look 59, a beaded dress made with the labor of eight people and 850 hours of work, for the record.
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