Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrated the southern Italian region of Puglia with her Dior resort show.
Staging the fashion presentation on Wednesday night in the city of Lecce, more than two months after it was originally scheduled, Italian designer Chiuri called on the talents of local artisans to help bring her vision, which she has dubbed her most personal collection, to life.
Although there was no live audience, journalists, buyers and fans were able to watch the show online.
Made up of an earthy colour palette, models donned headscarves to complement their folksy, rustic looks. Fringed hems, peasant skirts and a furry gillet all featured, with sleeker looks coming in the form of a sheer black tulle evening dress.
“For me, it was a dream to do something in a location that is so close to my heritage, because my father was born there. I’ve been going to Puglia my whole life,” Chiuri told WWD. “I wanted to talk about my background and how that influenced also my point of view in fashion.”
And reflecting on her childhood, especially the influence of her grandmother, she added: “All the women in the area at the time had a loom at home. It was like making a trip in my memory, and also to understand much more about myself, why I’m so interested in these things.”
Following the show’s delay because of lockdown restrictions, the local artisans continued to work on the show looks at home.
“It was a miracle to complete this collection, honestly,” Chiuri smiled. “We felt it was very important for us to give hope for the future to all the people who were working in some way with us on the project.”
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