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At Dior, Dancing For Your Liberation

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri draws inspiration from Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham.

by Emma Specter
Sep 24 2018, 5:23pm

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On Monday, Dior dedicated its its Spring 2019 collection to the heroines of modern dance: Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Ruth Saint Denis, Martha Graham and Pina Bausch.

Far from a typical runway show, the Dior SS19 show was architected by legendary choreographer Sharon Eyal, and featured models marching down a petal-strewn runway while dancers circled them to a crescendoing soundtrack by Israeli techno musician and DJ Ori Litchik.

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“I took great inspiration from the work of a number of artists, including Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham and Pina Bausch, who used dance as a way of breaking free,” Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri told Vogue. The clothes themselves were balletic, with nude-hued bodysuits, sheer tulle column gowns and quietly shimmering details dominating—certainly stuff worth dancing in.

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Dior isn't the only house that's working around the notions of dance and physicality this season; last week in Milan, Gucci hosted a performance by British dancer and choreographer Michael Clark, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of composer Erik Satie's birth and neatly segued into a tribute to David Bowie.

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With film Twitter all, well, atwitter over the upcoming release of Luca Guadagnino's ballet academy-set Suspiria remake, featuring suits made by Zegna designer Alessandro Sartori, it's safe to say that dance-infused fashion is officially having A Moment. If fashion is currently enamored with skateboarding, let us never forget that is is simply ballet for bros. The original fashion art is dance. Now let's throw on a bodysuit and sway to some Enya!

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