The Dior Resort 2023 show was a nod to fashion’s rule breakers

The word resort can conjure up images of sandy beaches or snow-capped peaks, that feeling of escaping from your everyday life to immerse yourself in a completely new environment. For avid travelers, this could mean going abroad and partaking in the culture of that country to soak up its history and customs. This was the experience that Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted to give to her guests at the Dior Resort 2023 show. The creative director of the house brought all the fashion designers to Seville in Spain, more precisely on one of her most famous Spanish Renaissance style squares: the Plaza de España.

The presentation opened with flamenco dancers and singers, who helped set the tone and tone for the entire show. For those wondering why Chiuri chose Seville as the destination for Dior’s cruise collection, she shared in a press release that she was inspired by Carmen Amaya, a Spanish flamenco dancer who was the first dancer to wearing menswear in the 1950s. She was known as “La Capitana”, hence the name of the resort collection.

“With her freedom to dance that did not submit to any rules, she represented the essence of flamenco,” read the notes of the show. “An artist with singular and revolutionary movements, she was the first dancer in her field to dress as a man, combining power and fragility through her art. Expressing the soul of Spain, she continues to embody a conscious and plural femininity.

Chiuri has a history at Dior of celebrating strong, powerful women and clashing with patriarchal society, so Amaya served as the ideal next chapter in Chiuri’s design journey. The first look down the runway was a clear nod to the mighty dancer. A model stepped out in an embroidered black and white Manila shawl worn over a white shirt, suspenders and trousers.

Manila shawls have a rich history in Europe, most often linked to flamenco dancers as part of their performance costumes. However – fashion history buffs will appreciate this fact – the garment originated in Canton, China and in the 16th century was introduced via Spanish trade to Manila in the Philippines. (The capital was a Spanish colony at that time.) Sothe luxurious garment made its way to Andalusia and Mexico.

Aside from the shawls, Chiuri also gave a nod to other popular pieces inspired by Sevillian fashion, from red and mustard yellow flamenco-inspired off-the-shoulder dresses to Andalusian riding pants. (It wasn’t the first time Chiuri had incorporated equestrian motifs into Dior’s seasonal lineup. You’ll recall that her Resort 2019 show paid homage to Mexican rodeo riders and actually featured stately white horses as part of the frame. of the act.)

Following the horse theme for Resort 2023, Chiuri released iterations of the saddle bag (a Carrie Bradshaw favorite), as pictured below. The silhouette, which first saw a strong comeback in Dior’s Fall ’18 collection (thanks to Chiuri), has become one of the house’s must-have products. So, for fans who can’t wait to jump on this handbag trend for 2022, you’ll surely appreciate the new designs to come. Elsewhere in the collection, you can discover new designs on Dior’s iconic Book Tote and bowling bag from its Vibe line.

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Other references within the Resort 2023 collection, as the show’s notes reveal, nodded to the Duchess of Alba. She reportedly rode a horse with Jackie Kennedy while wearing a cropped jacket, high-waisted pants and a wide-brimmed hat. One would imagine she was wearing similar attire to the one pictured above, but whether the Duchess wore a saddle bag on her rides is unknown.

History lesson aside, even if you haven’t read Chiuri’s behind-the-scenes inspiration for Dior’s new collection, there are plenty of pieces to appreciate simply because they reflect the DNA of the codes of house design. You’ll find a familiarity in the range’s tailored blazers and high-waisted ruffled skirt sets, the Bar jacket in black velvet with embroidered gold threads, as well as the strapless strapless dresses. Although this time the dresses display words such as “fuego” and “alma”, on the front, which translate to fire and soul respectively.

With 110 looks in Dior’s Resort 2023 collection, there are plenty of outfits to take home but, below, you’ll find TZR’s highlight reel of several standout looks. The pieces of the track, in front, will serve as a reminder for you to ultimately book this European holiday to Seville (or elsewhere) this summer.

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