Since arriving at Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri has used her runways to amplify feminist discourse. Her Spring Summer 2020 Ready-To-Wear collection was a nod to Catherine Dior, the sister of Monsieur Dior and a resistance fighter and concentration camp prisoner during World War II. Post-war, Miss Dior reignited her passion for the botanicals, a love her brother also shared. Translation: When life went belly-up, she found a silver lining.
In our new series, #InHouseWithGRAZIA, we explore how to style luxury fashion pieces from home. Our latest instalment sees Australian-based stylist Jess Pecoraro spotlight two Dior SS20 looks via international model Georgia Fowler and her sister and mother-of-two Kate as they quarantine at home in Sydney.
“To me, the Dior brand has so much history and while it’s been able to evolve and adapt, that classic and timeless heritage is still the central focus in each collection,” Pecoraro says. “Georgia loves to play around with more masculine shapes and is able to give a sexy take on a classic style. The trench captures exactly this. On the other hand, Kate looks beautiful in feminine pieces. So the full length skirt was a must and the net bra balanced the look, allowing it to feel modern and sexy – and yet still timeless.”
For Georgia, a model who usually resides in New York City, life has slowed down. “As the world came to a complete stop so did any future jobs or any reason to return to my home in the States,” she told GRAZIA. “Though I love New York, and working, I’d say we’re in the best place in the world, and in the current climate even more-so. It was an extreme change of pace for me, however – I’m usually flying long hauls a few days a week – so getting used to being inside all day, let alone in one city, took some getting used to.”
But like Christian Dior taught us, beauty can be found anywhere, if you look hard enough for it.
“As work life dried up, my personal life has been enriched” says Georgia.
“Family means everything to me so I’m so glad Kate, her two young daughters and I could bunker down together. It’s the first time I’ve ever been able to take this much time off work, and guilt free.”
While Georgia and Kate have tried to squeeze in a couple of online workouts each morning before the kids wake up, they’ve been enjoying “incredible dinners” and having the time to “complete projects we’ve wanted to do for years”.
On today’s passion project list was a shoot with us in all of Dior’s embroidered, appliquéd and printed glory. Well beyond the House’s famous bar jacket, this is Dior at its most informal and relaxed – at home – and inspired by the spirit of Miss Catherine.
“Investing in Dior means you’re investing in a forever classic,” says Pecoraro.
“Each piece can easily be styled back with any simple wardrobe staple. Both the trench coat and jacket could be teamed with a pair of jeans, a white shirt or a classic knit for a casual look,” explains Pecoraro. “Or it could be worn over a simple dress for a night out (when we can go out again!). The skirt can be styled down with a flat boot, sandal or sneaker and can easily be worn as a day skirt with a bodice, t-shirt or crop knit or for the evening a bodysuit and a strappy heel.”