She is a woman, hear her roar…
Loved and hated at the same time by many, the leopard print is one of the most exciting things in fashion.
When at the beginning of 20th century Marchesa Luisa Casati was walking around the Venice with a cheetah on a leash and Marian Nixon, an American actress was enjoying the company of a real animal in 1925 in Los Angeles, people were thinking about them as an avant-garde and bizzare women. But they didn’t know that years later the leopard and its print will become one of the most exciting things in the fashion world.
The leopard print became popular in the 40s when Bettie Page, an American pin-up model, was embracing it and made the cheetah print her thing. A few years later the leopard print became popular in Europe was in the when Christian Dior, inspired by the fascination by the print of his muse Mitzah Bricard, infused his accessories with leopard print.
The big moment for the leopard print was when Mr. Dior used it as a print on a silk fabric for his dresses called Jungleand and the gown Afrique in 1947 for his Spring-Summer collection. Since then many designers are using the animal print in their collection, but there is something so glamorous and unexpected in the Dior’s creations which make us fall for it.
For the Pre-Fall 2017 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri is going back to the roots of the iconic French brand introducing accessories and jacket in the statement print. Because a shoe and jacket with sports will always be in fashion and
Because the print might help the animal to blends in but will definitely help you stand out.
Lithograph “Royal Tiger”, Eugène Delacroix, 1829
Bag, ankle boots, and jacket in leopard print Dior