DIOR CRUISE 2021 FASHION SHOW EXTRAVAGANZA IN PUGLIA

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Maria Grazia Chiuri goes back to her Salento’s roots, full of traditions and values, with the Dior Cruise 2021 Fashion Show. Thanks to the help of hundreds of local workers, with the beautiful background of Piazza del Duomo in Lecce, the show was a crafts and arts carnival full of surprises. Just for that that the South of Italy became the centre of the world, with a collection that wanted to highlight the ability and the Italian craftsmanship. “It was very important to me to emphasise how much craftsmanship there is in Puglia and reinvest in it,’ Chiuri explained. ‘So many people depend on our work”.

Fireworks, a kermesse of colours and lights created by Marinella Senatore, that surrounded the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. The anthropologist Ernesto De Martino, the folklore and the sacristy of this territory inspired the designer for the collection. The dresses were made thanks to the help of the Fondazione Le Costantine, that hand made every single piece.

The textures are rough and the colour palette was inspired by the shades of the earth: sand, burned grey, sea green, red, magenta, white, ecru, khaki green and pink. The cuts of the dresses, skirts trousers and shirts were soft, sometimes paired with corsets tight in the front that reminds us of those worn by the Salento’s farmers. The floral decorations are a homage to Miss Dior, to the love of Christian Dior for the roses of his garden. The embroideries are inspired by the decorations of the Cathedral and the religious processions of the local towns. The knitwear vest wants to protect the heart, the long coats with geometrical patterns are from the archives of an antique textile tradition, in soft grey wool.

The textures are rough and the colour palette was inspired by the shades of the earth: sand, burned grey, sea green, red, magenta, white, ecru, khaki green and pink. The cuts of the dresses, skirts trousers and shirts were soft, sometimes paired with corsets tight in the front that reminds us of those worn by the Salento’s farmers. The floral decorations are a homage to Miss Dior, to the love of Christian Dior for the roses of his garden. The embroideries are inspired by the decorations of the Cathedral and the religious processions of the local towns. The knitwear vest wants to protect the heart, the long coats with geometrical patterns are from the archives of an antique textile tradition, in soft grey wool.

The accessories include head scarfs, handbags, the Book Tote, the Saddle Bag, and the new Bobby Bag. The shoes include open sandalsballet shoes and boots. The jewellery is minimal and bold at the same time. Maria Grazia Chiuri brings to Italy a fashion show that looked like a resurrection, a message of hope after months of suffering, that found its roots in this beautiful territory.

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