Rebellious Dior channels spirit of ’68 to shake up fashion week

Rebellious Dior channels spirit of ’68 to shake up fashion week

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Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri for Christian Dior's Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 fashion collection in Paris. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Christian Dior paid homage to the youth movements of the 1960s with an explosion of colour on the catwalk, as models in baker boy caps and vibrant patchwork designs walked through a hall clad in slogans and ripped posters. The show, on the first full day of Paris Fashion Week, was the latest offering by Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has rejuvenated the storied label’s look since 2016 and infused her collections with tributes to feminists and social change. Intricate embroidered outfits adorned with flowers mingled with biker boots on the runway, while some chunky knitted sweaters bore messages, including one with a peace sign.