In the two years that Maria Grazia Chiuri has been creative director at Dior, a new kind of feminism has arrived, galvanised by global accounts of abuse in politics, pop and cinema. Her sprightly realism has paired snappy slogan T-shirts with dreamy embroidered dresses in tulle. She is a mother, a wife, an artist, a friend, a daughter—and her Dior dresses all of these archetypes. Just two weeks before her spring/summer 2019 show, we meet in the shadows of the famed Avenue Montaigne store, which is wrapped in youthquake graffiti marking the 50th anniversary of May 1968. Settled on a dove-grey sofa, sipping water from a bottle, Chiuri is both calm and reflective. If she is stressed about the upcoming show, which will include a conceptual dance piece choreographed by Tel Aviv-based Sharon Eyal and some 88 looks, she doesn’t show it—her phone remains out of sight for the next hour. Chiuri, dressed in jeans, a white shirt, and sandals, talks with her hands. As she moves, her fingers flick under the weight of piles of gothic rings and antique stones and around her neck is a fine gold Superman logo pendant—a gift from her 22-year-old daughter, Rachele. “The ‘S’ stands for super mother!” Chiuri laughs.