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Exclusive: Dior's chief archivist explains the significance of the colour navy

Almost every look in Maria Grazia Chiuri's AW17 collection was in that colour

By Andrea Tim | Published: 6 Mar 2017

Video: Dior

Everyone's talking about red being the colour of the Autumn Winter 2017 season, but Dior is already turning heads with navy.

Over 60 years ago, Christian Dior wrote in The Little Dictionary of Fashion: "Among all the colors, navy blue is the only one which can ever compete with black, it has all the same qualities."

"A good number of the clothes we have archived from Monsieur Dior's time are navy blue," Dior's chief archivist Soizic Pfaff says in a new video from the fascinating archives centre. Watch as she flips through old and carefully-preserved press releases, many of which reflect just how much the fashion house's founder loved blues, and examines precious archived looks to show how "navy blue was the black of summer" back then.

On Friday, on a navy blue runway, Maria Grazia Chiuri showed a collection consisting of blues in various shades – including dark denim and light chambray – punctuated by only a handful of whites, blacks and gold embroidery. By the end of the show, Chiuri revived navy blue as the colour to watch. To wear.

Related: Christian Dior AW17


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