For the Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection, Dior’s womenswear creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri combined the seventh art and the ancient and mysterious world of tarot – one the late Christian Dior was passionate about.
The reference to tarot cards in the new Haute Couture line took root during the first confinement. Like many of us, Chiuri turned to a more opportune realm in an unsettling time and deepened her knowledge of the tarot. The creative immediately felt a connection with the imaginary world and its visual language, rich in complexity and featuring fascinating characters. Using this as a base, Chiuri created an entire collection highlighting the whimsical beauty found in tarot, proving that couture remains the ultimate territory of experimentation and possibility.
The collection is inspired by a deck of tarot cards made for the Duke of Milan in the 15th century and features a series of extraordinary evening gowns. The pieces bring symbols to life such as ‘The High Priestess’, ‘The Empress’, ‘Justice’, ‘The Fool’ and ‘The Hanging Man’, with illustrations done by Roman artist Pietro Ruffo. Each character is represented in elegant embellishments with a regal essence marking the entire collection.
In place of a runway show, Chiuri collaborated with Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone, creating the short film, Le Château du Tarot. The film begins with a clairvoyant asking a young girl to pick a tarot card while then leading her on a journey of introspection through meeting the various characters of the tarot.
The film is a nod to the founder Christian Dior himself who was known to be highly superstitious. Chiuri, sharing in this connection invites us to look at the world from a new perspective and acknowledges that in these uncertain times, many of us are marked by “a palpable desire to reconnect with the world’s soul.”
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