|Christian Dior reasoned that there are two Diors – the man, and the myth. The latter is the house of Christian Dior, born in 1947; the former, monsieur Dior himself. For his debut SS19 collection as artistic director of Dior men, Kim Jones has chosen to interpret the codes of monsieur Dior himself through the language of his couture house. Floral motifs are a constant. They echo both monsieur Dior’s love of nature, and his femmes-fleurs: they are actually drawn from his personal porcelain. The shapes reassembled into contemporary patterns for prints and embroideries.
Feather embroideries by Lemarié are overlaid with vinyl, an effect that mirrors the glaze of bone China. Porcelain inspires the color palette, which also echoes monsieur Dior’s edwardian upbringing and love of the eighteenth century: blue, white, the pale pink of his childhood home at granville, and the symbolic Dior gray. A shot of brilliant yellow-gold reflects jean cocteau’s definition of Dior as this agile genius of our times whose magical name contains dieu (god) and or (gold).