With continued references to fine art, feminism, and her Italian heritage, Maria Grazia Chiuri presents a fully immersive and awe-inspiring show for Dior‘s 2021 collection.
For Dior’s first in-person show since the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the luxury fashion world, Maria Grazia Chiuri made sure to leave her socially-distanced guests with an event to remember. While the creative director often champions female artists (her recent couture collection referenced Dora Maar and Leonora Carrington in its goddess-like garments), Chiuri’s latest presentation uses collage art as its awe-inspiring backdrop of this fashion show.
Dior’s spring-summer 2021 ready-to-wear collection may have been staged at the Jardin des Tuileries as part of Paris Fashion Week, but the creative inspiration was pure Italian. Having recently shown her cruise 2021 collection in Lecce, Puglia, where her father grew up, Chiuri has connected with her heritage again by tapping several Italian talents for this new collection.
First is Lucia Marcucci, a contemporary artist best known for her female-centric collages, which began drawing attention in the 1960s. Approaching her practice like avant-garde poetry, Marcucci not only combines newspaper cutouts and other two-dimensional media, but she also weaves various film clips together in poignant video works in this Dior runway.
The clashing patterns and colors produce a kaleidoscopic effect, much like Marcucci’s stained-glass collages and the choir’s fragmented verses. Somehow, it all works, perfectly encapsulating Chiuri’s ongoing desire to charm and expand her audience’s knowledge through some of the most innovative presentations, compelling narratives, and nuanced influences that the fashion industry has ever seen. What did you think of Dior‘s show and fashion design pieces?