December 2, 2020

Dior doffs beret to female artists in colourful Paris display

Dior embraces ‘revolutionary women’, with feminist essays and a nod to artist Niki de Saint Phalle, while Yves Saint Laurent takes a more sensual tack

The careers of Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent were intimately intwined in the 1950s, but the megabrands that live on in their names – both of which presented their spring/summer 2018 collections on Tuesday in Paris – have developed quite different approaches to fashion.

At Dior, the tone was set by a copy of Linda Nochlin’s groundbreaking 1971 feminist essay Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists? left on every seat. That treatise on art history and the patriarchy became a key part of the show, its title used as a slogan on a Breton T-shirt worn by the first model.

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