The show for the Spring-Summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection by the Creative Director of Dior's women's collections celebrated dance and its pioneers and brought together models and dancers in a common space. Last March, in her hometown of Rome, Maria Grazia Chiuri reiterated this fascination by designing costumes for the ballet Nuit Blanche by Sébastien Bertaud – of the Opéra National de Paris – set to music by the composer Philip Glass.
Continuing this captivating aesthetic dialogue with the French choreographer, she designed the costumes for Utopia. A ballet performed by six dancers from the Paris Opera, it evokes the history of the Monte Verità community (in English, ‘The Mountain of Truth’), which was founded in 1900 on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy, by a society of writers, philosophers and artists. Enhanced with futuristic electronic music by Jon Hopkins, this creation explores the boundaries between myth and reality, body and mind, shadow and light.
This original ballet represents a new symbiosis of the arts, which Maria Grazia Chiuri conveyed in costumes that seem to have been painted, with subtle plays of transparency, directly onto the skin. Floral elements with unexpected colors magnify movement, creating a mysterious garden. Bodies merge with plants and trees. The backbone recalls the symmetry of branches, while the veins of leaves trace the original lines of the muscles and veins. A poetic encounter with nature, inspired by experimental theories on the power of invisible energies or vital forces. These fascinating alchemies combining magic, sciences and culture, dance and fashion, were staged in a magnificent natural setting made even more enchanting by the grace of the Creative Director's creations.