The Flowers for Dior Fall 2020 Were Actually Groundbreaking
Last December, Dior presented its first Pre-Fall men’s collection in Japan. It was one of the earliest presentations by then-newly appointed men’s creative director Kim Jones, who seamlessly fused his current street savvy with the designer’s legacy and founder Christian Dior’s relationship with the country. It was, in short, revelatory, and showed that the future of Dior was in good hands. A year later, the designer staged its presentation in Miami as an unofficial prelude to Art Basel. But instead of another futuristic approach — a themed that was emphasized with its Fall ’19 show which featured robot-like models staged on an oversize conveyor belt — Dior went full-on retro.
One of the more highly anticipated parts of the presentation was the reveal of the collab with Shawn Stussy, founder of the beloved California streetwear brand Stussy. There was a clear novelty approach to the collaboration — each played off each other which added some cheekiness to the historic French label.
Other niche influences were peppered throughout the collection. Throughout the logomania — and there was a lot featured on oversized sweaters, saddlebags, and more — Dior seemed to be paying homage to the aesthetics Deee-Lite, the forgotten pop group from the early ‘90s that achieved worldwide fame with the infectious “Groove is in the Heart.” Additionally, wearable florals seem to be one of the year’s biggest runway trends (also seen at Louis Vuitton’s Spring ’20 show) and the designer added its own spin with a fresh take on some tropical flower types that ornamented a range of suits. Each embellishment was handmade with fabric and equipped with wire so that they could be positioned into a variety of arrangements. Additional fabric pressing gave the petals the realistic vein definition, further showing the level of detail and craft that went into the presentation.
Learn more about the floral construction from the Dior Fall 2020 show in the video above.