Into the wild

29/12/2017 11:35

Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Cruise collection for Dior draws on the fashion house’s legacy while bringing forth a new vision filled with a primal vitality.

  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
  • Into the wild
The 1940 discovery of caves in Lascaux, France featuring animal paintings dating back 17,000 exerted a significant impact on artists in those days. The representations of animals such as deer, horses and bulls took us back to the dawning of humanity and reminded us of the relationship between humans and nature as well as the invention of art.
In 1951, Christian Dior owned paintings replicated after those in the cave as well as an oval print reminiscent of primitive female icons such as the Willendorf Venus, and launched a collection inspired by the Lascaux images. That prehistoric wildness along with ancient femininity associated with the magic of the earth, guided Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Christian Dior, in her 2018 seasonal collection Cruise, the first of the year. (Dior brings out four annual collections: Cruise, Spring/Summer, Fall and Fall/Winter).
Other inspirations for Chiuri included the California countryside and the works of women such as painter Georgia O’Keefe and Clarissa Pinkola Estés, author of “Women Who Run With the Wolves.” Throughout the collection, the wildness of nature is accentuated: wolves adapted from Lascaux are set on a special silk floral background, on which earth tones and fading yellow stand in contrast with black. Feminine fingerprints are revived to their original style and made iridescent embroidered dots of loess yellow.
Maria Grazia Chiuri has sought innovative ways to preserve the Dior legacy. With this collection, she has deftly pegged a highly contemporary vision to historical values.   She changes proportions and lengths to match the current landscape, where sports blend with high fashion and where traditions are associated with modernity.

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