For the 2021 Cruise show, Maria Grazia Chiuri staged her collection with a striking spectacle in Lecce, Italy, a region close to her heart. Celebrating the magical beauty of arts and crafts, the show – which is being held behind closed doors - is illuminated by Marinella Senatore's Luminarie, and set to the rhythms of a cathartic dance by the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, choreographed by Sharon Eyal; while the erudite music of Paolo Buonvino enchants these priceless rites anew. In a subtle tribute to local savoir-faire, Dior silhouettes bear the motto of the workshops at the Costantine Foundation – “Amando e Cantando*,” a virtuoso dialogue in the name of excellence. Echoing Christian Dior’s iconic Miss Dior dress from 1949, the artist Pietro Ruffo imagined a field with a constellation of wheat sheaves evoking a summer landscape. A narrative of untamed nature is transposed onto shirts and shorts. True treasures of refinement, dresses punctuated with flowers and butterflies adorn the Tombolo, a precious traditional embroidery perpetuated by Marilena Sparasci. These are emblems of Puglia’s rich heritage, a source of infinite inspiration.
* “Amando e Cantando”, which means “Loving and Singing”.