For men’s fall/winter 2023 last year, Kim Jones put on an elaborate show for Dior that was centred around the themes of time, death and renewal. A reading of T.S Eliot’s The Waste Land by Robert Pattinson and Gwendolyn Christie lingered overhead as the models walked out—poignantly underscoring a collection that mediated between the past and present codes of the house. Like the exquisite embroidery of Christian Dior’s favourite spring flower motif, the lily of the valley, found on jackets and sweaters. Or the occasional references to Yves Saint Laurent’s fleeting time at the couture house. Jones’s street-casual approach, his minimal, flowy approach to tailoring and skirt-short silhouettes were also present.
Ahead of the Dior men’s fall/winter 2024 show today, the brand has teased the starting point for the new collection. This time around, Jones will be looking at the relationship between the house and ballet, a dance form that had always served as inspiration for Christian Dior himself. It’s also one that is personal to Jones, whose late uncle was a ballet dancer—but later became a photographer who used to heavily document the life of one famous ballet dancer: Rudolv Nureyev. In a teaser video for the show this evening, French dancers weigh in on Nureyev’s legacy: “He truly revolutionised classical ballet and dance. He had a very free approach that showed also in his clothing, I imagine, because he was very free in life.”
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With the stage set and a direction foretold, what’s left is only to await what the maestro will reveal. The front row is also expected to receive its own slice of buzz, with the likes of South Korean actor Jung Hae-in to join house ambassadors TXT and Haerin of NewJeans at today’s show in Paris.
Happening live from Paris, tune into the livestream and be amongst the first few to catch the Dior men’s fall/winter 2024 collection, on Friday, 19 January at 10PM Singapore time.