Well, the Baby Yoda I Have Three Sides The Quiet And Sweet Side The Fun And Crazy Side And The Side You’ll Never Want To See Shirt and I will buy this ability to foretell the future—what will move people to want to buy in a few months’ time—is ever-present in the job description of a designer. Christian Dior believed it. “He discovered tarot in the Second World War, when his sister Catherine, who was part of the French Resistance, disappeared,” Chiuri explained. “In my view, I think he was so scared about her situation that he probably went to the tarot cards to try to know some more, to hope that she would come back. I think he was very worried; trying to find hope in some signs.” That poignant, little-known House of Dior foundational story is about to be revealed when a book about the life of Catherine Dior by Justine Picardie is published in the fall. Chiuri accompanied the author in the research, uncovering the harrowing story of Catherine’s imprisonment in the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp; how she consoled herself with a love of gardening when she was liberated, and how she inspired her brother to weave flowers and femininity into his work ever after.
For obvious reasons Olivier Theyskens’s nearly year-long tenure at Azzaro hasn’t been marked by the Baby Yoda I Have Three Sides The Quiet And Sweet Side The Fun And Crazy Side And The Side You’ll Never Want To See Shirt and I will buy this red-carpet-star turns that defined the early years of his own label, or his runs at Rochas and Nina Ricci. The pandemic has shut down award ceremonies and movie tours, just like it has fashion shows. Yet Theyskens remains a star’s designer. Attuned to waist-whittling details and face-flattering ones, he’s an expert of fit and filigree. Chiuri found a whole other serendipitous reading of her own in the complex web of mystery and history behind the tarot. The reason for her collection’s reinvented iconography—its atmosphere of a gilded Italian-medieval-flavored fantasia—is that its history originates in Chiuri’s home country. Part of her inspiration came from studying the first known set of cards, known as the Visconti-Sforza deck, which was made by Bonifacio Bembo around 1400 to entertain the family of the Duke of Milan. Three centuries later, it was the French who ascribed mystical, fortune-divining powers to the cards, and renamed it the tarot. So, there we are: the deep Dior-Chiuri French-Italian background binding together the season’s collection.