Just like an Andalusian fever dream, Dior’s Cruise 2023 collection was first unveiled in the heart of Seville, Spain surrounded by dozens of dancers and gypsy flamenco stars. Inspired by the traditions and characters of this region, taffeta ruffles, bold colours and strong silhouettes run aplenty in creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection. The reasons behind her inspirations are clear, as the strong, sexy idea of a flamenco dancer perfectly reflect Chiuri’s feminist design identity at Dior.
Subtle layers of lace and leather, black and white “arabesque” prints and reiterations of the Christian Dior Saddle Bag all come together to form distinctly elegant looks with Spanish flair, with the Diorodeo hat offering a perfect finishing touch. But Chiuri’s collection succeeds in honouring the culture without being cliché. Working with local craftspeople to create and curate the parade of garments, Chiuri shows deep respect and admiration for the sophistication of Sevillian skill and craftsmanship.
The collection also draws inspiration from the region’s Catholic churches and astonishing cultural riches. As a former cultural melting pot, Chiuri’s aims of bridging cultures together through fashion come alive through this collection, which echoes Christian Dior’s very own global reach.
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