Maria Grazia Chiuri brought Dior‘s show to the Musée Rodin set against tapestries by artists Madhvi and Manu Parekh and hand-made by Chanakya, a collective in India that the designer regularly works with. The pieces, which took 380 artisans 280,000 hours to embroider, will be on display for the public from January 25 to 30. While some fashion houses are leaning into NFTs and the metaverse, Chiuri is going back to the luxury of hand craft to “honor human relationships with handmade objects, expressing a desire to abolish the boundaries between art and craft once and for all,” per the show notes. It’s less about returning to the screen and more about returning to each other. To that end, there are intricate embroideries over organza and tulle and bodysuits or tights complete with hand-stitching—lest you thought the catsuit idea was a one-season wonder. A double breasted coat, capes, and cream and gray suiting prove to be more covered up counterparts to so many sheer moments. The result is a collection that is tactile, deceptively simple, and wonderfully human.
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