Dior cruise 2021 collection - Maria Grazia Chiuri

    For the Cruise 2021 show, Maria Grazia Chiuri staged her collection with a striking spectacle in Lecce, Italy, a region close to her heart. Celebrating the magical beauty of arts and crafts, the show – which is being held behind closed doors - is illuminated by Marinella Senatore's Luminarie, and set to the rhythms of a cathartic dance by the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, choreographed by Sharon Eyal; while the erudite music of Paolo Buonvino enchants these priceless rites anew. In a subtle tribute to local savoir-faire, Dior silhouettes bear the motto of the workshops at the Costantine Foundation – “Amando e Cantando*,” a virtuoso dialogue in the name of excellence. Echoing Christian Dior’s iconic Miss Dior dress from 1949, the artist Pietro Ruffo imagined a field with a constellation of wheat sheaves evoking a summer landscape. A narrative of untamed nature is transposed onto shirts and shorts. True treasures of refinement, dresses punctuated with flowers and butterflies adorn the Tombolo, a precious traditional embroidery perpetuated by Marilena Sparasci. These are emblems of Puglia’s rich heritage, a source of infinite inspiration.  


    A true celebration of Puglia’s traditional arts and crafts, the 2021 Cruise collection highlights the excellence of these priceless skills. From the art of weaving to Luminarie – dazzling illuminated architectures – and from the essential role of dance to the power of ritual music, the House of Dior actively supports this pluralistic and infinitely precious culture while paying homage to Nature and the region’s unique landscapes, as a land that has always been close to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s heart.   

    Because these many creative dialogues between Paris and Lecce began long before the health crisis and the confinement, it was essential for Dior to continue these collaborations, to support and showcase the virtuosity of these artisans and artists more than ever. So that the beauty of their gestures, emotion and poetry may endure.  

    Dior extends its sincere gratitude to the Archbishop of Lecce, S.E.R. Monsignor Michele Seccia, as well as the City of Lecce and its Mayor, Carlo Salvemini, for the great opportunity of holding this event in the Puglia region. Our House is both delighted and honored, more than ever, to be able to collaborate with all of these talented artisans and local artists.  


    Established in the province of Lecce, in the Puglia region, in 2008 in order to promote local culture and arts, the Notte della Taranta Foundation and its emblematic festival, founded in 1998, highlight and reinvent traditional Italian music and dance, including the iconic Pizzica*. This unique festival promotes local identity through the practice of ancestral rites. This summer, for its 23rd edition, the Italian composer and conductor Paolo Buonvino will conduct the Orchestra Popolare in an exceptional concert.  

    The choreographer Sharon Eyal – who here pursues her creative dialogue with Maria Grazia Chiuri — worked, during a residency, with dancers from the foundation in order to compose an unprecedented spectacle. A timeless choreographic performance that re-engages anew with the profound meaning and symbols of these powerful Puglian rituals around the Pizzica, a dance that makes it possible to pass from oppression to emancipation; like a form of catharsis that liberates the body and spirit through dance. In blending her own vocabulary and singular technique with the excellence of these traditions, Sharon Eyal revisits without subversion this body language, in an unprecedented artistic exchange between a unique heritage and contemporary dance