Even without the elaborate staging, the traditional Mexican references are clear to see: flouncy long skirts made of layered fabric, thick leather waist belts, wide-brimmed straw hats by Stephen Jones, lace dresses, bright colours and elaborate embroidery all synonymous with 18th century South American high society.
What’s less obvious but just as important is Maria Grazia Chiuri’s continuation of the feminist message of recent past Dior collections. A woman true to her vision and fashion message, the artistic director was inspired by the feminists that thrived in that era, all the while embracing their elegant, feminine aesthetic and fashion sense.
The official notes given out at the show, held in Chantilly in France, explain Chiuri’s vision best: “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.” The romantic range with be available from November 2018 onward.
WATCH: DIOR CRUISE 2019 SHOW HERE (PRESS PLAY)
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