Cruise Around the World: Christian Dior in Marrakech

Six collections and 516 looks across four continents. Minus the jet-lag.

V122: Girl Power is available for pre-order now. The issue hits newsstands on November 7. 

Next stop, Marrakech! Continuing our Cruise Around the World series from V122 is Maria Grazia Chiuri’s latest resort collection for Dior. Featuring wax print, camouflage, and Tropicalia toile de jouy, it embodies a multitude of inspirations and angles that are just as intriguing as the Dior woman herself.

Chiuri has always had her heart set on establishing creative exchanges with African cultures. With this collection, she sought to dialogue with the real and imagined landscape of Morocco, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, as a dream destination for artists, poets, writers and eternal adventurers.

Showing the 2020 Cruise collection in Marrakesh represents a way of being guided by the memory of the House and Christian Dior’s first successor, Yves Saint Laurent, a native of Oran who was fascinated by Morocco. This show also illustrates the concept of a meeting of ideas, a “common ground” like the one feminist philosopher Naomi Zack describes, in which, despite all differences, exchanges among women can materialize through reflection and action. 

In an effort to highlight textile manufacturers in Africa, Chiuri chose Uniwax, and also opted to make Wax printed fabrics the cornerstone of the collection, which she believes is an extremely precious, totally unique and culturally rich fabric. 

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