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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 Mexican women riders who have claimed the right to participate in the charreada – an equestrian practice of performing several challenging routines before a crowd - just as the male riders do. With their strong, sculpted bodies clad in costumes that emphasize their femininity (full skirts, embroideries, bright colors, large hats and flowers), these women proved an inspiration to Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Artistic Director of the Dior women’s collections. For the 2019 cruise collection, she interpreted these elements combining tradition and freedom in a contemporary way. 

Ample and extravagant skirts are worn with fitted jackets that accentuate the narrowness of the waist, emphasized with a high belt. The collection is punctuated with different materials, such as that great French classic that is toile de Jouy, which has been revisited and modernized, its picturesque scenes featuring the introduction of 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 the more contemporary elements: transformed tulle skirts and Bar jackets possess an assertive air. The tulle blooms a powerful red as well as in superimposed powdery shades.

The power of these united and supportive women, evoking the female crafting groups devoted to the transmission of artisanal savoir-faire in a form of shared creative freedom, prompted Maria Grazia Chiuri to reinterpret a series of typical materials and techniques through a contemporary prism. The image of the Amazon, a mythological beauty from antiquity, also pushed her to explore a wardrobe whose sporting dimension overcomes gender barriers. As a result, jackets in Japanese cotton are paired with pants in various shapes, culotte skirts, or skirts whose pleating recalls the design Drags, an haute couture afternoon dress designed by Christian Dior for the spring-summer 1948 collection. The look is finished with the iconic Saddle bag, as rethought by Maria Grazia Chiuri, as well as white or striped men’s shirts, and a slim black tie.

The collection also references The House of the Spirits, the first novel by the Chilean writer Isabel Allende, with its portrayal of independent female characters. Wide-brimmed straw hats, created by Stephen Jones, are worn with white dresses, embroidered according to traditional dressmaking methods, with lace inlays given graphic impact through the use of black. Chantilly, a town linked to the tradition of lace, but also to the great French equestrian tradition, provides a symbolic setting for this collection.

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Set Design

Inspired by Mexican tradition and the spirit of Grandes Écuries de Chantilly, the scenography was an echo of the collection.

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Check out the #StarsinDior, from Arizona Muse to Natalia Dyer, who attended last evening’s Cruise 2019 show of Maria Grazia Chiuri's latest creations. Get a host of exclusive insights into this exquisitely crafted and colorful collection ! #DiorCruise

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Enter the intimate world of the cruise 2019 collection show, thought up and crafted by Maria Grazia Chiuri.

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Picture recap of the key accessories from the collection, inspired by female Mexican rodeo riders.

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Interview with Maria Grazia Chiuri

From the escaramuzas, to Chantilly lace and the ‘magical realism’ associated with Latin-American literature, discover all the inspirations of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the Dior women’s collections, for the cruise 2019 collection.  

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Embroidery, lace, Toile de Jouy… Dior's savoir-faire in pictures of pieces from the Cruise 2019 collection.

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Focus on the Dior looks of the guests present at the Dior cruise 2019 show.

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Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, was inspired by the grace and power of the escaramuzas in developing a natural beauty look realized using the new Dior Backstage line. 

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Interview with Peter Philips

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior makeup, shares his inspirations and discusses the beauty look he developed for this show.  

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360° Video

Experience the  cruise 2019 collection as if you were in the first row, only on Dior TV.

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