Upon the plains of the Upper Las Virgenes Canyon in the Malibu desert, Dior has unleashed their latest Cruise 2018 collection, the first Cruise collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri for the House, amidst oversized canopies and floating hot air balloons.
Drawing inspirations from one of Chiuri’s favourite books, Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, the Artistic Director of the Dior women’s collections managed to hone new shapes of feminine representation to further embrace and explore the Dior heritage.
When the Lascaux cave was first discovered in 1940, it had a profound influence on the artists of the time. One of them was Christian Dior, who in 1951, appropriated the rock paintings found in the UNESCO World Heritage Site near the village of Montignac in France, and envisioned his Ovale collection.
More than 65 years later, Chiuri revisited the Lascaux cave, believed to be the representation of the dawn of human race, with its “invention of art” and mankind’s relationship with nature through the wall paintings of animals like deer, horses and oxen. Prehistoric wolves formed their packs upon silk jacquards with shades of ocher contrasting against the night’s black, whilst sequined embroideries of female handprints are augmented in earthy shades.
The collection fuses sportswear and haute couture, in which proportions and lengths are altered to correspond to the current trends – a wise move Chiuri has taken to appropriate the savoir-faire of the Dior ateliers, reinventing the designs into ideal forms for her to best tell her story.