Dior's Mumbai Show Pays Tribute to India's Pivotal Role in Luxury Fashion
Maria Grazia Chiuri's Dior Fall 2023 presentation demonstrated the powerful relationship between France and India, further highlighting and cementing the pivotal role that India plays in luxury fashion.
Echoing Chiuri's longstanding relationship with Karishma Swali, director of Chanakya School of Craft in Mumbai, the collection paid tribute to India's artisans and took cues from Marc Bohan's first Dior models -- crafted following his trip to India in 1962. Seemingly split by color palette, the collection began with muted tones of black, beige, white and gold, before evolving into an explosion of fuschia, green, yellow, pink and purple -- each vivid hue paying tribute to Bohan.
Drawing inspiration from traditional Indian silhouettes, the Fall offering featured sari-inspired skirts, embroidered bolero jackets and draped tunics -- interspersed with contemporary Dior detailing. Silky pyjamas and blouses were elevated by gold and silver sequins, with bold evening gowns marking the runway show's finale.
A true tribute to the bonds between Dior and Chanakya and India and fashion, Dior's presentation also marked a shift towards a more responsible future for luxury -- one that acknowledges the undeniable contributions of such countries to the wider industry and not only accepts -- but also celebrates -- the simple fact that luxury wouldn't be what it is today without India.
Take a look at the collection above.
In other fashion news, a new ASHISH exhibition is coming to London.
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