The Dior Cruise 2021 show took us to the heart of Puglia. The fashion house paraded in Lecce with a collection that celebrated the roots of this beautiful land. A place where magical beliefs still exist such as tarantism and fascination.
The project, strongly desired by the creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri, highlighted those collective creation processes that are both memory and value, culture and future of unique craft traditions. But among the many wonderful proposals that went up the catwalk, to strike, at first glance, is the simplest of headdresses, which accompanies almost all looks: the handkerchief. Not a precious and sophisticated diva headscarf, as one would expect. But a model much closer to that worn by our grandmothers, inspired by the peasant world. In addition to being a typical garment of the Apulian clothing of the past, the handkerchief is also characteristic of the pizzica, the famous Apulian folk dance, staged during the parade. Behind, among the illuminations, phrases that praise feminism. Between these: “You Are Enough. Breathe” (You’re enough. Breathe.) In such a context, this traditional accessory, so carried head-on by the models, becomes a real symbol of redemption for women.
Moreover, the work of Maria Grazia Chiuri has always gone in this direction. “I discovered the existence of extraordinary craftsmen, such as those of the Le Costantine Foundation, which supports the women in the area who deal with the creation of fabrics”, he explained to Tips Clear.
Made in macramé, in black and white, the handkerchiefs are combined with both traditional-style clothes and more contemporary outfits. Even to trousers and denim.
“It is important to celebrate this type of work”, said the designer. “Especially because there is this idea, not only in Italy, but in the world, that these works are normally done by women as housework, rather than as creative work”.
Discover the complete Dior Cruise 2021 fashion show here.