DIOR Cruise 2025 in Edinburgh

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DIOR Cruise 2025 in Edinburgh

For Maria Grazia Chiuri, the presentation of the cruise collection is an opportunity to follow the steps of Christian Dior around the world.
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Visual journeys that each time invoke new experiences. In 1955, Monsieur Dior presented his work inPerthshire, Scotland, in the ballroom of the Gleneagles Hotel. For the Creative Director of Dior Women’sCollections, this country has become the narrative framework of the Dior cruise 2025 collection – unveiledin the gardens of Drummond Castle – where memories, inspirations and suggestions fuse to generateshapes and embroideries.

The unicorn and the thistle, both symbols of Scotland, provide an unprecedented variation of theMillefleurs motif, and are transposed into heraldic embroidery, recalling the savoir-faire of this exceptional technique,a language in itself, a form of resilience. An emblem of Mary Stuart that can be found in Clare Hunter’s book Embroidering Her Truth: Mary, Queen of Scots and the Language of Power.

A map of Scotland adorns some of the models in this cruise line, sketching a cartography of collaborations and cultural encounters deployed specially for thisdéfilé, such as the tribute to tartan: “It’s probably theonly fancy fabric that resists fashions,” Christian Dior wrote in The Little Dictionary of Fashion. Blendingvarious colors and the cut of a kilt, this historic cloth, intrinsically characteristic of the region, continues tocross fashions past and present, from romanticism to punk.

Photographs from the spring-summer 1955 presentation are transformed into prints or employed asappliques on the edges of kilts or pea coats, in a kind of cinematic montage. They constitute objects ofmemory punctuating this Dior cruise 2025 collection.

The looks merge contrasting elements, including the diverging textures of velvet and lace dressing the contemporary equestrian. Certain silhouettes feature exaggeratedly wide sleeves which, on white shirts,appear under little dresses with gathered skirts and bustiers resplendent with embroidery. The latter canbe found on several dark, iridescent pieces that are sometimes adorned with pearls. Lace collars, in theirturn, brighten up the black.

Also used in very light materials, tartan is the common thread running through this veritable celebrationof the kilt, whether made directly in Scotland or reinterpreted. Not to forget dresses conceived in diverselengths, as well as coats and capes with large hoods. Rain boots come and go.

Small jackets adopt the grayof menswear fabrics, and the iconic Barjacket sports black velvet Brandenburg buttons.This same velvet magnifies an evening gown, the fitted bust of which emphasizes the oversized skirt. Feathery woven fishnet metamorphoses into long, lightweight dresses, embracing the mauve hue of nostalgia.

This inventive choreography is made up of interconnected affinities. Like an testimony revisiting stories ofearlier times, it offers a journey where the different stages become the subjects of creativity.

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