THE DIOR FASHION SHOW IN ATHENS WAS SPECTACULAR

A series of photographs of one of Monsieur Dior’s haute couture lines, taken near the iconic Parthenon in 1951, was the inspiration for the Dior cruise 2022 collection. In the heart of the city dedicated to Athena, Maria Grazia Chiuri reinvents her genealogy and tweaks the codes – art lies not in the object created, but in one’s ability to create – such as the peplum.

The goddess tunic, evoking marble and ancient statuary, is resolutely ethereal thanks to its fabrics and handmade pleats, a chiaroscuro in fluting.

A rediscovery of civilization’s roots – not out of nostalgia, but out of a desire to recompose, in the present, the fragmentation necessary to our understanding of the world. Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by Giorgio De Chirico, a pioneer of Surrealism who drew on poignant memories of Greece to paint metaphysical places frozen in the silent contrast of light and shadow.

The Creative Director then explored the universe of Alexander Iolas, the cosmopolitan gallery owner who preserved his close ties to Greece and his home in Athens. There, he assembled an incredible collection of vases decorated with the intertwined bodies of wrestlers.

Giant close-ups of those silhouettes stand out in sketches by the artist Pietro Ruffo, or are camouflaged on a selection of sportswear pieces, a synthesis of technical and formal research, the backbone and manifesto of a body performing beyond gender boundaries, in the Panathenaic stadium where the cruise show is staged.

That body dons a series of white suits – jackets and pants – like those worn by Marlene Dietrich, structuring a sartorial lexicon poised between classicism and freedom: the oversized houndstooth is Hellenized; cannage reveals new abstractions. Gold dialogues with white: a hood grafted onto different looks is like punctuation, an engraved inscription. Greek blue becomes both a signature and an homage.

Each collection is an ongoing reflection on the paradigms that distinguish fashion and the House of Dior; an occasion to further expand collective work. Maria Grazia Chiuri underscores the extent to which the variations on femininity in Dior creations emerge from a past that honors a beauty with multiple facets.

CONTEMPORARY ODYSSEY

The spectacular setting for the Dior cruise 2022 show was the Panathenaic Stadium where the games in honor of the goddess Athena were held in ancient times, drawing up to 70,000 spectators.

Built entirely of Pentelic marble, this extraordinary monument was buried for centuries, and was restored in the second half of the 19th century. Today, it is the stadium of all Athenians – a unifying emblem, essential in the cultural life of the Greek capital.

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The choice of this venue, creating a prodigious bridge between sport and culture, ancient heritage and contemporary youth, is highly symbolic for Maria Grazia Chiuri, notably through its connections to the body and the freedom of movement she cherishes, but also through the motifs that inform the collection and its sportswear spirit. Adorned with flags specially created by Italian artist Pietro Ruffo, the illuminated scenography* also pays tribute to the architectural lines of the site.

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Get another perspective on the monumental location for the unveiling of the #DiorCruise 2022 collection by @MariaGraziaChiuri held at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. (Re)discover the show on Dior.com

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live from Athens, Greece, where the #DiorCruise 2022 show from @MariaGraziaChiuri took place in the spectacular setting of the Panathenaic Stadium!

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Check out the stunning location for #DiorCruise 2022 show from @MariaGraziaChiuri - the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Rising in the distance, the temples of the Acropolis, particularly the Parthenon, hold a special significance, as it was here, in 1951, that a visiting group of the House's models posed for a series of photographs wearing couture designs by Monsieur Dior.

 

PHOTOS COURTESY OF @DIOR x @GEORGE MESSARITAKIS *PRODUCED WITH BUREAU BETAK