Maria Grazia Chiuri’s feminist message for Christian Dior marches forward into fall celebrating the 1950s Teddy Girls rebellious spirit British subculture. The Teddy Girls more androgynous style represented a turning away from the elegantly feminine New Look from Dior, a style that directed women back home after their much-needed working women stint during WWII.
Synergies between the worlds of fashion and ballet are intense, with Dior Creative Director of Dior Women Maria Grazia Chiuri crediting dance as a major source of inspiration for her designs. In collaboration with Eleonora Abbagnato—the Director of Ballet at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and an toile at the Opéra National in Paris—Chiuri’s creations are on stage in Rome from March 29 - April 2.
Her stunning collection of costumes for ‘Nuit Blanche’ a ballet in a series of three dances with choreography by Sébastien Bertaud is performed as an ode to composer and musician Philip Glass. Chiuri’s costumes for Abbagnato, principal guest dancer Friedmann Vogel and 16 dancers present a more contemporary examination of concepts of masculinity and femininity. Both genders are dressed in light and delicate, but highly-functional, materials.
Synergies between the worlds of fashion and ballet are intense, with Dior Creative Director of Dior Women Maria Grazia Chiuri crediting dance as a major source of inspiration for her designs. In collaboration with Eleonora Abbagnato—the Director of Ballet at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and an toile at the Opéra National in Paris—Chiuri’s creations are on stage in Rome from March 29 - April 2.Read More
Models Ruth Bell and Selena Forrest join forces with professional dancers in Dior’s Spring/Summer 2019 ad campaign, lensed by Harley Weir. Continuing the theme of dance, beauty and the female form as expressed in Dior’s spring runway show, the cast reference ethereal fabrics body suits, dresses and open-knit ensembles. Dior’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri speaks to the campaign, saying: ''My work is related to the celebration of the body through clothing and the opportunity it offers us in how we represent ourselves in the eyes of others as well as in our own eyes.''
Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri launched her third Dior Lady Art project in early December 2018, at Miami’s Art Basel. For the first time, this third edition of the maison’s creative initiative, Dior Lady Art, is comprised of an all-woman cast of 11 artists transforming the classic Lady bag into works of art, The bags will now launch in January 2019 in expanded artistry by the same women at select Dior outlets worldwide. (See prior Dior Lady Art projects here. )
Earlier this week, Vogue.com profiled Danish jeweler and ceramist Jo Riis-Hansen, and her words got my attention. “I think the world is so fast,” says Riis-Hansen from her hometown, as her children, 10 and 6, play in the background. “I love fashion, I do, but it’s so fast. I think jewelry needs to slow down a bit, too. [When you buy a piece of jewelry] I think it’s important to [ask]: Where does it come from? Who is this person that made it? Did someone actually put real human or spiritual energy it? That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy the fast-fashion [stuff], I’m just pursuing another way of making jewelry, one that [fulfills] a personal need for me, to be able to put all these emotions into [my work].”
In our fast-paced, digital and often disposable world, we rarely understand the answers to Riis-Hansen’s questions. Yet, it’s well known that younger people, in particular, are very focused on these questions about the projects they are buying into.
It’s my intention to answer these questions around my own GlamTribal Design Collection. But after installing this rather laborious entry around Dior Lady Art handbags, it occurs to me that we have a wonderful foundation from which to explore these women artists — their work, their philosophies around art, life, politics and all related topics. We can track their exhibitions and their communities, the experiences that have informed their artistic visions in an ongoing project throughout 2019.
As opposed to this post being just another fashionable data bit in the glut of information on the Internet, we will slow down a bit and really understand the women artists who were chosen by Dior Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri to represent this great luxury brand in its third Dior Lady Art initiative.
Star actor Jennifer Lawrence showcases Maria Grazia Chiuri’s equestrian cruise 2018 collection for Dior. Photographer Viviane Sassen is behind the lens, as Dior sets the scene:
“In a barren landscape, where the architectural lines of concrete walls are warmed by the colors of the desert, Jennifer Lawrence is the embodiment of liberated femininity, dressed in cruise 2019. Inspired by the escaramuzas, the Creative Director of the House, Maria Grazia Chiuri, designed feminine silhouettes whose dresses and petticoats embellished with traditional embroidery evoke the gracious and powerful discipline of these Mexican horsewomen. Toile de Jouy, modernized with a series of wild animals, also plays a key role in the collection. Its motifs appear on coats, skirts and the Dior Book Tote bag. To complete this equestrian look, the Saddle bag with its iconic curves is reinvented in patchwork or Dior Oblique canvas.“