Maria Grazia Chiuri presents the Dior spring summer 2023 collection as part of Paris Fashion Week. See the full collection below. Guests included: Iris Law, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Palermo, Park Hee Jung, Sydney Mclaughlin, Maye Musk, Natalie Portman, Mathilde Warnier, and more.
The unveiling of the Dior spring-summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection is for Maria Grazia Chiuri the opportunity to create collective energy thanks to the contributions of various committed artists in such a way that the public can feel involved and become protagonists themselves.
For the show, she thus gave carte blanche to Eva Jospin – with whom she had already collaborated on the Dior autumn-winter 2021-2022 haute couture show – to imagine a baroque grotto made of cardboard, a key element for the artist, an essential object of her research.
The Buttes Chaumont grotto in Paris, the Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta in Lombardy, and the frescoes of the Palazzina Cinese in Palermo provided Eva Jospin with inspiration for this inventive installation that recreates the real through artifice.
Grottos and caves are architecture carved into the rock, changing over time, characterized by the progression of nature, and the metamorphosis of encrusted shells. Gallery, forest, cave: the artist’s universe explores interiority, and mystery, with those energies that constitute a fundamental component of femininity. A three-dimensional work that then takes on a two-dimensional form on panels and canvases adorned with arches, ruins, and vegetation-covered walls.
Body and mind
It is in this setting that the Dutch choreographers and dancers Imre and Marne van Opstal, a creative duo uniting a sister and a brother, evolve, exploring the human condition, the limits, and the possibilities of body and mind through a multi-layered and often surreal dance. For this show, which Maria Grazia Chiuri describes as a collective collaboration born of the meeting of different projects and languages, they have imagined a performance reminiscent of the Renaissance, reinterpreting it in the sense, precisely, of a veritable rebirth. The dancers move in harmony with the collection: the sculptural bodies shift like statues, brought to light by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s models. Plaster, marble, and stone are animated by movements evoking a classical language but imbued with a resolutely contemporary impetus.
Tassinari & Chaptel by Lelièvre Paris
For the Dior spring-summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri joined forces with Tassinari & Chatel by Lelièvre Paris, a house that has passed on exquisite savoir-faire for centuries, a jewel of French heritage, which created two enchanting patterns featured in the show.
The Creative Director of Dior women’s lines explored the precious archives of the historic manufacturer and selected these two designs, entitled Semé de fleurs and Oiseau de Paradis, to represent fascinating nature, one of this season’s key inspirations. The handcrafted works, emblematic of new trends that emerged in the 19th century, were originally commissioned by the great decorator Monsieur Despréaux de Saint-Sauveur, who notably worked for Emperor Napoleon III.
About Tassinari & Chatel by Lelièvre Paris
The silk weavers manufacture Tassinari & Chatel by Lelièvre Paris*, one of the oldest institutions of Lyon, the cradle of exceptional French craftsmanship, set the standard of excellence in its field from its foundation in 1680 with the Pernon atelier.
Combining audacity and inventiveness, this family firm has deployed constant technical innovation while multiplying collaborations with renowned artists and decorators throughout the ages.
It has thus seduced the most influential figures in history, becoming the official supplier of the greatest courts of Europe, such as that of King Louis XV and of Napoleon I, producing sublime creations for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette in the Palaces of Versailles, Compiègne and Saint-Cloud. In 1806, it was with Tassinari & Chatel that Joseph Marie Jacquard perfected the weaving machine to which he would give his name. Two hundred years later, in 2006, it was one of the first enterprises to obtain the precious EPV (Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant) label. For more than three centuries, Tassinari & Chatel has amassed and preserved nearly one hundred thousand archives. This unequaled legacy is a celebration of the virtuosity of the hand and the plural beauty of fabric so dear to the House of Dior.