Cruise 2019 Show

May 25, 2018 - Chantilly, France - 8:30PM (GMT+1)

 “Each of the women presented [in this volume] is one and multiple, both herself and many others, some illustrious and some less well known to us, but all of whom resemble her in some way.” Nicole Loraux, La Grèce au féminin

The escaramuzas are traditional female Mexican riders who have claimed the right to participate in the charreada—an equestrian practice that involves performing several challenging routines before a crowd—just as the male riders do. With their strong bodies clad in costumes that emphasize their femininity (full skirts, embroideries, bright colors, large hats and flowers), these women inspired Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s 2019 Cruise collection for Dior.

Ample and extravagant skirts are worn with fitted jackets that accentuate the narrowness of the waist, which is emphasized even further with a wide belt. The collection is punctuated with various materials, including the great French classic that is toile de Jouy. This season the traditional print is revisited and modernized, its picturesque scenes featuring a series of wild animals, including tigers and serpents. Lace, whether light or opulent, layered in pleated flounces or perfectly rounded, is set off by black rubber boots that contrast with tulle skirts and Bar jackets.

Along with the iconic Saddle bag reimagined by Chiuri, crisp white shirts and slim black ties pull together and polish off multiple looks.

With its portrayal of independent female characters, this collection also references The House of the Spirits, the first novel by the Chilean writer Isabel Allende. Wide-brimmed straw hats created by Stephen Jones are worn with white dresses embroidered according to traditional dressmaking methods. Chantilly, a town linked to not only to lace, but also to the great French equestrian tradition, provides a symbolic setting for this fiercely feminine collection.

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Cruise 2019 Show

25 May 2018 - Chantilly, France - 20H30 (GMT+02)

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