Dior's Fall 2013 Couture collection was noticeably different for the presence of black model on the prestigious runway. Canada was well represented by the legendary Yasmin Warsame and top newcomer Grace Mahary.
Time for us to eat our words–and we’re happy to do it. Just a few hours ago we reported that Jourdan Dunn had been cut from Dior because of the size of her boobs (she said they wouldn’t fit into the corsets), noting that it was a shame as Raf Simons‘s runways for Dior have been glaringly white, and could have benefited from the diversity Dunn would have brought. Dunn herself even tweeted, “I’m normally told I’m cancelled because I’m ‘coloured’ so being cancelled because off my boobs is a minor : )”
Well Raf Simons’s fall couture collection for Dior just walked the runway, and numerous models of color walked including six black models: Alek Wek, Grace Mahary, Joan Smalls, Maria Borges, Kelly Moreira and Yasmin Warsame.
According to an Instagram from Vogue Paris the collection was inspired by Dior couture’s global clientele from across the four continents: Europe, Asia, America, Africa. Other first hand reports from the show state more generally that the show was inspired by the four continents–not necessarily the couture clientele. Writing for Vogue UK, Jessica Bumpus reviewed this most recent couture collection as a “more multi-cultural take – moving away from the idea of this being just a quintessentially French brand and putting it out there as one of the world… This was Dior as seen through the filter of an African tribesman or a Geisha girl.”
We’ll write about the clothes later–they looked gorgeous. But we’re really hoping this diverse casting wasn’t just an anomaly to reflect a “multi-culti” “African tribesman” “Geisha girl” theme.