Acting in harmonyIn a secret garden

Maria Grazia Chiuri drew inspiration
from archival photographs of Miss Dior.

  Dior Spring-Summer 2020 ready-to-wear collection is dedicated to the iconic Miss Dior, Catherine Dior, Christian Dior’s sister, showing her passions for flowers in her garden. Catherine was a woman who cultivated freedom and independence, acting in harmony with nature and the cycle of the seasons. This new collection evokes – through its motifs and embroideries, through shine and the texture of raffia – a vision of luxuriant vegetation, presented in the manner of herbaria, living catalogues and the memory of botanical species. For Maria Grazia Chiuri, these creations have little to do with nostalgia or the revival of a decorative tradition and conscious of the visibility and responsibility as Creative Director, she created an inclusive garden. A place of co-existence and diversity in which every gesture counts. The scenography for the show was designed in collaboration with Coloco, an atelier committed to the collective art of cultivating gardens as a driver of urban inclusiveness. More than a décor, this ephemeral landscaping concept introduces the creation and reinforcement of wooded areas rich in a diversity of plant species, a symbol signifying that everyone can contribute to the cultivation and preservation of nature’s beauty – and our future.
The question is: we are now in Anthropocene era – in which man rules the planet – is it still possible to re-establish the balance of this relationship? Such questioning gives rise to concrete utopias, like that of Monte Verità, a community based on avant-garde ideas that was founded in Switzerland in the early 20th century, that has been a constant source of inspiration for all manner of artists ever since. The aura of this singular place, built in the heart of nature, illuminates a series of dresses awash in color, from yellow to red.