Rto claim the values of haute couture after this period of restrictions when the Dior collections designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri were mainly presented through cinema.
The materiality of the fabric becomes form, while the subversive language of embroidery is expressed in a project that becomes a performance. An energy that resembles poetic pleasure, at the intersection of style, movement and attitude. Thanks to textile research, a series of pieces, featuring an assortment of checks, tweeds, textures and different sizes in black and white, presents innovative warp and weft constructions.
This Dior haute couture fall-winter 2021-2022 collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri takes place in a unique context. The return to “the present being” implies a shift of attention towards a tactile materiality. Translating this materiality into the virtual era also means reinterpreting embroidery: not just as a decorative ornament, but as an element connected to the senses of sight and touch.
Dior Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2021-2022 Show Complete Looks
Textile artist and curator Clare Hunter’s book Son of Life * has played a fundamental role in this collection in terms of critical awareness of the indispensable value of weaving and embroidery, two professions dear to Maria Grazia Chiuri as transmitters of memory and gestures of protection, care and protest.
The work Silk Room, created by French artist Eva Jospin, serves as the backdrop to the show, with life-size embroidery displayed on the walls reminiscent of Indian inspiration Embroidery room at the Colonna Palace in Rome. This creation serves as a precious backdrop to present dresses with magnificent pleats, trains and hand-woven chains that make up patterns on the body, in colors dear to Monsieur Dior, such as powder blue or nude. Not to mention a green dress with amazing embroidery.
Sewing stirs up unsuspected desires and reveals the existence of what we did not know. Isn’t this the role of the avant-garde? Make visible what we do not see. Define, through artistic practice, the aspirations of a changing world.
* Published in 2019 by Scepter, Hodder & Stoughton, in the UK and Harry N. Abrams Publishing in the US.