The atelier – where head and hands work in concert – is both an instrument and a place of experimentation, constantly renewing the magical and scientific language that is haute couture. It was the emblem of the Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2022 collection, dreamed up by Maria Grazia Chiuri.
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The collection was unveiled in a space hung filled with colorful, oversized embroidered art works. It was the result of a collaboration between Dior, the artists Madhvi and Manu Parekh, and the embroiderers of the Mumbai Chanakya School of Craft, whose work Chiuri has loved for years, and with whom she began her collaboration while designing for Fendi in the mid-90s.
A symbol of the atelier’s original excellence, embroidery was the key of the collection. It gave fabric its structure, its architecture and in some cases replaced conventional stitching as means to actually construct garments, as opposed to just decorate them. Embroidery became integral, inextricable.
The tights, a signature of the collection, derived their spectacular dimension from embroidery to establish a lively dialogue with different pieces. An inspiring creative dialogue, collective, exalting virtuoso skills, where embroidery was transformed into a collaborative mode of expression, at the crossroads of art and craft.
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