Dior's Tribute to Teddy Girls

Dior's Tribute to Teddy Girls

Story by Kristen Bateman / Photography by Sonny Vandevelde

Dior is arguably one of the biggest fashion houses that consistently releases collections with a feminist theme, and this season was no exception. Maria Grazia Chiuri singe-handedly made the feminist t-shirt a piece of covetable luxury — but beyond that, each collection is typically imbued with some sense of feminist reflection or tribute to strong women. This season, she took inspiration from the Teddy Girls of the 1950s and 1960s in London and the youth culture that surrounds it all. Italian conceptual artist Tomaso Binga opened the show by reading a poem in Italian. Here's everything else you need to know about the show.

Return of the Bucket Hat

Every single model in the show was accessorized with a bucket hat. Some came in solid colors while others were printed with patterns such as leopard spots. Hairstylist Guido Palau and makeup master Peter Philips worked around the hats to create sleek pony tails, tousled waves and '60s style eyes with painted on lashes.

Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo plaid was the defining print of the collection. In the form of oversized trench coats, jackets, strapless dresses layered over long sleeve shirt and nearly every other garment you can imagine — this was a punkish tribute to the rebel Teddy Girls.

Post-Modern Corsets

The silhouettes of the show were all nipped at the waist, most of them by thick black leather waist belts (a new, more modern form of the corset) accented with a Gold D for Dior charm.

Sheer Thing

Maria Grazia Chiuri stuck with some of her signature best-sellers by reinventing the sheer tulle dresses and skirts by which fans and clients know her best. For fall 2019, they came in more somber shades of black, embellished with kitschy palm trees and in, you guessed it: buffalo plaid.

Great Greens

The most surprising and welcome color in the collection were the distinctive flashes of deep green. In buffalo plaid jackets and oversized coats, the palette stood out against the sea of black, red and gray.

Photography: Sonny Vandevelde