Dior S / S 2022 fashion show outfit and Italian artist Anna Paparatti


Dior S / S 2022: the setting for the board game by Italian artist Anna Paparatti

Dior is on a winning streak with its Spring / Summer 2022 women’s fashion show, collaborating with octogenarian Italian artist Anna Paparatti on a stage set inspired by board games. Let’s roll the dice!

Maria Grazia Chiuri has worked with a multitude of female artists for her collections of women’s fashion shows for Dior, from Judy Chicago and her 3m high embroidered feminist banners, to the installation of kaleidoscopic stained glass windows by Lucia Marucci.

For Paris Fashion Week Spring / Summer 2022, Chiuri turned to 85-year-old Italian artist Anna Paparatti, whose colorful works from the 1960s resemble board games, hinting at the absurdities of life. Il Gioco del Nonsense, 1964, presents an ovular painting surrounded by colored figures, placed on a geometric and equally kaleidoscopic background.

Dior S / S 2022: a winning scenography inspired by board games

Dior S / S 2022. Photography: Adrien Dirand

Chiuri was intrigued by the notion of fashion as a game: its fantasy, its performative nature, its competition, something to play and experience. So, for spring, she called on Paparatti to recreate her works inspired by board games, which make up Dior’s kaleidoscopic and geometric show at the Jardin des Tuileries. A track was formed from a circle of flooring panels arranged at different levels, and a backdrop boasted artwork resembling darts and roulette wheels.

Here Chiuri came up with a vibrant earthquake-inspired youth offering, nodding to the cropped silhouettes of 1960s fashion and referencing the ‘Slim Look’ launched by former creative director Marc Bohan. Orange and yellow short skirt suits flared above the knee, pea coats were adorned with bold stripes, and patterned mini skirts were paired with skin-baring headbands.

The iconography of the collection and the entire runway also nodded to the Piper Club – which opened in 1965 in Rome, a hub of experimental music and fashion that attracted the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix – with a multi-layered geometric pattern. stage and a dance floor lined with colorful chairs and tables. §

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