On May 25, Dior Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri presented the Dior Cruise 2019 collection presentation at the Grandes Ecuries of the Domaine de Chantilly in the small town outside of Paris, France. It was a Diorodeo. The distinctly equestrian-inspired collection was right at home in Chantilly, a town known for its beautiful, intricate lace, and rich French horseback riding tradition. But the line’s inspiration drew from many distinct reference sources, including Mexican motifs and historical figures.
“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 brand shared in a press release. “For the 2019 cruise collection, she interpreted these elements combining tradition and freedom in a contemporary way.”
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With the town of Chantilly the location for the Cruise 2019 show, one of its most traditionally famous exports – lace – was embraced with gusto by #MariaGraciaChiuri who revitalized the ancestral material, giving it a fresh, contemporary look in form and feel and pairing it with instantly covetable rubber army boots. #DiorCruise © Estelle Hanania for Dior
“The power of these united and supportive women, evoking the female crafting groups devoted to the transmission of artisanal savoir-faire in a form of shared creative freedom, prompted Maria Grazia Chiuri to reinterpret a series of typical materials and techniques through a contemporary prism,” Dior Mag added. “The image of the Amazon, a mythological beauty from antiquity, also pushed her to explore a wardrobe whose sporting dimension overcomes gender barriers. As a result, jackets in Japanese cotton are paired with pants in various shapes, culotte skirts, or skirts whose pleating recalls the design Drags, an haute couture afternoon dress designed by Christian Dior for the spring-summer 1948 collection.”
In this collection, you will find stunning leather goods and accessories – ranging from striking new gloves, wide waist belts, and perfectly-themed saddle bags – alongside pleated skirts, wide brimmed hats, and shirt-and-tie combos. All juxtaposed against practical and utilitarian rubber boots.
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Unquestionably feminine and propitiously insouciant in their allure, the equestrian-inspired looks of the Cruise 2019 creations designed by #MariaGraziaChiuri got their finishing touch from master milliner Stephen Jones in the form of wide-brimmed straw hats banded in lace. #DiorCruise © Estelle Hanania for Dior