Dior Resort 2020

Maria Grazia Chiuri took her guests to Marrakech. Her collection is not only a sentimental journey to the times when Yves Saint Laurent was the creative director of Diora. It is also a story about the importance of craftsmanship and openness to other cultures.
This time Chiuri decided to convey her demands in a more subtle way instead of printing on cotton t-shirts. She asked local craftsmen for help in creating her collection, she was not afraid to use traditional art forms and proved that cultural diversity is beautiful. Each guest found a quote from Moroccan writer Tahar Ben Jelloun: “Culture teaches us to live together, teaches us that we’re not alone in the world, that other people have different traditions and ways of living that are just as valid as our own”.

The Dior Resort 2020 show took place at El Badi Palace in Marrakech. This is a great excuse to refresh the famous Yves Saint Laurent project for Dior, the 1960 Marrakech coat. It is also the place where Chiuri could fully express her admiration for the art of Africa. Most of the patterned fabrics were produced in Abidjan, the largest city in Côte d’Ivoire, and were dyed using a cotton wax technique called African Wax. Maria Grazia Chiuri also collaborated with other factories to create the collection – for example, Sumano helped her to make thick, woven like tapestries, coats. The creative director Diora also engaged artists such as Mickalene Thomas and Grace Wales to work on the projects.

On the catwalk there were also references to the famous figure of “New Look”, Chiuri was also tempted to create a few white (wedding?) dresses. Noteworthy were metallic draped creations (some of them were trimmed with Murano glass beads), suits with jungle, wild birds and exotic vegetation motifs, as well as denim wide trousers and sweatshirts with moro motifs. The designer completed the whole with accessories – a new version of the famous Saddle Bag, leather musketeers, belts with jewellery buckle, pendants with stones, chokers and jacquard shoppers.

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