„How to Dior“ for Fashion Designers

Fashion Design, Fashion Design 3, 4. Semester

Mentor: Prof. Karolin Violante

Fashion Design student presenting and wearing own work

Fashion Design, Fashion Design 3, 4. Semester

Mentor: Prof. Karolin Violante

Fashion Design, Fashion Design 3, 4. Semester

Mentor: Prof. Suzan Terzioglu

Fashion Design student presenting and wearing own work

Fashion Design, Fashion Design 3, 4. Semester

Mentor: Prof. Suzan Terzioglu

Fashion Design student presenting and wearing own work

Fashion Design, Fashion Design 3, 4. Semester

Mentor: Prof. Suzan Terzioglu

Fashion Design student presenting work

How to understand Dior? To profoundly understand the essence of Dior one has to travel back to the past:  Examining the historical elements of the context of the fashion house, researching the time period of the art movements and revolutionary artists, drowning into the world of Surrealism when garments interpreted a surreal perspective, viewing the first traces of Christian Dior and his gallery work, and following his journey... 

 

Combining all of this together with the contemporary sense of Kim Jones and the surreal touch of Salvador Dalí we might feel like in a living dream. Wearing a garment which conveys history might make you dive into your own subconsciousness and make you think different.  

 

With the great opportunity to collaborate with the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin, visitors of the museum have the chance to experience the garments we as students created and experience an extraordinary surreal vision in a gallery setting. 

 

Today surrealism is important. It provides whatever since has been its inception: The opportunity to escape external structures, to disappear into unconscious interiors and to explore what’s hidden there. It implies reflecting on the character of reality and urges viewers to redefine their point of view.  

 

This sums up, what the meaning behind the collection for the Dior exhibition is all about. Once you take a look at the garments and find yourself either delighted, sceptical or experiencing other emotions, ask yourself: What could be concealed by your subconscious which may make you react this way? Who are you or why are you feeling like this? And what does this tell you about the way you relate to the world? 

 

In the end, a surrealist work isn’t about the piece itself, or even the artist who created it. In truth, it’s all about you. 

Class Objectives

Students investigate how the creative legacy of Christian Dior is interpreted by the designers and creative directors that followed. They answer the question, “How to Dior”, and design a collection according to their findings. Moodboards, collection line-ups, photoshoots and short fashion films materialize their vision.

Mentor: Prof. K. Violante

Dhreeti
Salma Alqritli
Alimu Ayinuer
Doga Selen Colak
Rumeysa Demiray
April Grant
Isabel Huber Lopez
Ridhi Kotwal
Jana Mhlaba
Karyna Popsuiko
Zeinab Torabi
Borislav Yavriyski

Mentor: Prof. S. Terzioglu

Jennifer Ahrens
Luis Amslgruber
Eray-Can Bayraktaroglu
Thang Manh Do
Maurizio-Paul Hirmer
Luise Köhne
Melisa Mert
Sarah Schiermeier
Alexis Thelen
Nikolas Wunderlich
Marija Zgonjanin
Yan Zholdak

Study program:

Student impression:

Student: Borislav Yavriyski

The course Fashion Design III, led by Professor Suzan Terzioglu, was dedicated to Dior in the summer semester of 2021. The central starting point for the assignment was the creation of a “fictitious” application as an Artistic Director at Dior. A coherent collection should be created. To get started with the research, we conducted an analysis of the brand in order to understand and manifest the DNA of the fashion house. I looked at historical archives and analyzed various collections from numerous eras. In the end, I put my focus on the "2002 Fall Couture" collection by John Galliano for the Dior brand.

 

The origin of my idea development is the name "DIOR" itself. "ROID" read backwards. So I recognized the play on words with the French word "Roi", which stands for the king. In addition, central key elements such as the endangered green peacock and the stylized lily - for me the optical reflection of royalty - are implemented. Not to forget white lilies as volume inspiration, based on Dior himself, because in each of his collections a model walked the catwalks with this floral drapery.

 

A design process is very personal. The creation of ideas knows no boundaries, the visions come into the world in the third dimension. Ongoing works of art packed with emotions, hidden messages and messages with the feeling of individual aesthetics. A reflection of elements of the past, present and/or future. With the help of a wide variety of materials and techniques, it is possible to open new doors to as yet unknown worlds.

 

My "LE PLUMAGE DU ROI" collection not only reflects the uniqueness of a unique way of life, but also the fragility of nature itself. It is up to us to protect and preserve this fragile world with its seemingly endless facets - because as Christian Dior already stated: “Fashion comes from a dream world. And dreams are the salvation from reality”.

Student impression:

Student: Maurizio-Paul Hirmer