Monsieur Dior’s childhood was a great source of inspiration for the couturier, and continues to be so for Cordelia de Castellane, Creative Director of Baby Dior. While he may have discovered fashion through his mother’s elegant out ts, he also appreciated the folklore of the carnival costumes in Granville, where he grew up. Fancy dress, evening dresses, dancing, children’s laughter, the countryside, fortune-tellers and gypsy traditions are all happy memories that, with this collection, send us on a journey between Granville, the Camargue and Seville.
For girls, the creations are an invitation to a festive rural promenade: Bal de Séville, Rêverie de Camargue, Bohème d’Arles, Belle Cantonnière and Fleurs de Gitane. Cordelia de Castellane revisits vintage dress designs in uid and light materials, and uses cotton chambray for dresses, jackets and scarves. Roses, anemones and other oral motifs appear as prints, embroideries and buttons, and echo Christian Dior’s passion for owers. This bucolic inspiration combines with the couturier’s sense of superstition, all those lucky charms that have gone on to become real House codes. The four-leaf clover, the heart, the number eight, the bee and ladybug, an insect that’s also a positive portent, are scattered here and there as signs of good fortune. In this summer wardrobe, pink tones pair with light blue, gold or white, and touches of black and bright colors enhance these shades of yesteryear to create a modern collection.
For boys, the themes correspond to those of the girls, with Sevillian Tales, The Fortune Teller and Sur un air de Camargue. From Seville to Granville, they set out in sneakers of amboyant Spanish red and dress themselves in blue tones inspired by the Atlantic Ocean. They wear the key numbers 47 and 67 – for 1947, the year of the House’s creation, and 1967, the year that Baby Dior was born. These small globetrotting boys also sport clothes printed with a cartoon-style bee or embellished with holographic patches to create playful and modern pieces.