For the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Dior held a show and audience in Athens for its Cruise collection.
Fireworks lit the sky as Dior celebrated the comeback of its fashion shows with 700 guests including VIPs like Catherine Deneuve, Cara Delevingne and Anya Taylor-Joy at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens.
To the sounds of the Greek singer Ioanna Gika and a 55-piece orchestra, the models walked along a 500-meter-long catwalk.
Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired for her collection by Peplos, the traditional women’s clothing in ancient Greece, and combined the robes with athleisure details such as sneakers.
In preparation for the show, Chiuri toured numerous archaeological sites, including the ruins of the Palace of Knossos in Crete and the Oracle of Delphi. She wanted to learn more about the female deities of antiquity.
Fashion for the here and now
“I knew how difficult it can be to put on a show in Athens. It’s like in Rome: In my opinion, it can quickly become a bit too theatrical, less of a real pret-à-porter show, but more an indication of the surroundings, a costume or something that could be found in a museum Play or opera. I didn’t want that, ”said the designer in an interview with“ WWD ”.
She wanted to focus on fashion in the now, not the past or the future. “After the pandemic – even if we haven’t left it completely behind us – we want movement,” said Chiuri.