When I was in the fashion academy, our director always reminded us of the importance of going out, look around, immersing ourselves in art as much as possible. To find ideas, to get ideas. You cannot do any kind of artistic work closed in your own world, without external influences. And so Maria Grazia Chiuri (and her daughter), wisely, travels the world seeing exhibitions and finding artists to collaborate with. It opens up to new possibilities and here comes the magnificent ideas that make Dior fashion shows so magical, so culturally high.
The new Haute Couture collection is an ode to embroidery and people. People behind the scenes who, with their minds and hands, all together in a team create the ultimate magic. This show was also the first, after the pandemic year, to mark the return of the public in attendance.
And here comes the collaboration with the French artist Eva Jospin, who after having seen and studied the Indian Embroidery Room at Palazzo Colonna in Italy has her idea to celebrate the incredible work little considered by those who are not in the sector. Together with the Indian school of embroidery that Dior is supporting she creates a huge embroidered work that sets the show, “Chambre de Soie”. The vision of the looks that walk in front of this wall gives us a vague idea of the commitment that such a profession entails.
The collection has a large part of reference to the riding style with cap, magnificent coats and suits in handmade tweed and comfortable boots for walking. We think of all the long walks we took in nature during this year of restrictions.
The other part of the collection is very delicate and concerns a junction of Ninfa-style evening dresses, so dear to Chiuri and which in this case celebrate all those parties, weddings, presentations to which we didn’t attend, which have been canceled. The large amount of lost jobs. It re-starts the production machine and the desire for “live” on which we can finally hope. Some of corsets of these dresses have been completely woven by hand, in silk threads.