Christian Dior 2020 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri film by Matteo Garrone

Dear Shaded Viewers,

A fable, a fairytale and a nice escape from our current reality. In 1945 when the end of the war was in sight, Paris decided it was time to relaunch its fashion industry and the haute couture collections were shipped off and presented on 27 inch dolls, and that is how the film begins, see note below,  and then the nymphs in the woods and the dream begins. Yes, I can hear you saying the casting was not very diverse, true but I was transported by the film … When I was a designer I used black and asian models because they were beautiful not because someone told me that I had to…

The Théâtre de la Mode is a travelling doll-based show presenting French fashion know-how. On the initiative of the Parisian Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, the exhibition takes place from 28 March to 29 April 1945 and then travels around the world until 1946 with the aim of promoting haute couture and related trades. The presentation consists of fourteen decorated paintings under the artistic direction of Christian Bérard.
Christian Dior did not participate and for good reason… his house is after the war…

In March 1945, Christian Dior witnessed this historic event. Working then for the couturier Lucien Lelong – who was at the origin of the project – he certainly took part in the creation of the outfits presented in this exhibition. The artists Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau, who signed part of the sets, are his close friends. A few weeks before the armistice, this event was already a promise of enlightenment for Paris, the beginnings of a rebirth and a return to beauty: this renewal that Christian Dior’s first haute couture fashion show and his New Look would express two years later, on February 12, 1947 Bakas Algirdas




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.