With end-of-year touring and cross-cultural collaborations the craze of the moment, it’s eye-opening to see Christian Dior founded by a visionary couturier with a passion for traveling by plane and ship to Women all over the world presented his collections – decades before anyone else, making waves here, there and everywhere. In 1964, it is India.
There’s a reason Maria Grazia Chiuri weaves house archival evidence – photos of Marc Bohan arriving on an Air India flight with a team of Dior models who performed in Delhi and Mumbai – into her new lineup background. “This collection celebrates my relationship with India, which has long been part of the fashion system,” she said from her Paris office.
Turns out, when you look through her rather dark lookbook, combines richness with a touch of modern simplicity, and is more of a real and lasting engagement than a one-off around a country theme A sex tour or a historical tour.
“I work in India every day,” she explained. Years ago, Chiuri 30 started developing embroidery pieces for Valentino together with Indian haute couture specialists, and thus began a mutual acquaintance and mutual respect. As Creative Director of Christian Dior, since 2016 she has deepened this relationship through her collaboration with Karishma Swali, Director of the Chanakya Institute of Crafts, which advocates for the inclusion of women in a highly skilled industry traditionally male Private conservation area. “Schools and labs provide women with wages, health insurance and childcare opportunities,” she laughs. “I think it’s the most satisfying thing I’ve ever done.”
Cross-cultural creative interplay resulted in a collection that adapts traditional shapes and material techniques to the women Chiuri brings Fashion thought to Dior. “I love that every woman can change things up for herself. Each piece can be worn in a different way. You can mix day and evening.”
She wears it with a tunic Taking the “perpendicularity” of saree dresses as a starting point, long narrow skirts were designed with one side open – the choice can be charming and eye-catching at night, or worn with leggings, trousers or shorts. There was also an overall look with bright shantung silk, which was actually divided into draped skirts and cropped shirts.