Finally, after a long gap, Dior returned to its favorite venue in the gardens of Musée Rodin in Paris, to present once again in real physical space, its Haute Couture Autum-Winter Collection for 2021-2022. Reclaiming the values of haute couture after this period of restrictions when the Dior collections designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri were mainly presented through film. The materiality of fabric becomes form, while the subversive language of embroidery was expressed in a project that becomes a performance. Recalling the Salle aux Broderies or the ‘Room of Embroideries’ in the Colonna Palace in Rome, the work Chambre de Soie, created by French artist Éva Jospin, served as an impressive backdrop for the presentation of the dresses with their magnificent pleats, trains, and hand-woven chains that compose patterns on the body. The impressive huge panels of embroidery were made by the students of The Chanakya School of Embroidery and Fine Crafts in Mumbai.
This is not the first time, and Dior and the Chankaya School of Embroidery have also collaborated in the past. Founded by Monica Shah and Karishma Swali of Jade, The Chanakya School of Embroidery and Fine Crafts located in Byculla in Mumbai, aims to empower women from low-income groups with a source of livelihood.
Couture stirs unsuspected desires and reveals the existence of what we did not know. Like the avant-garde, it renders visible what one does not see. Through a mix of art and extraordinary savoir-faire, it defines the longings of a world in the midst of a profound transformation.