D I O R
Grecian inspiration beneath the
Par thenon Dior s 2022 Cruise collection was inspired by series of photographs of an haute couture range by Monsieur Dior taken near the Parthenon in 1951. Maria Grazia Chiuri took the Maison back to Athena s city, bringing the ancient Greek goddess back to the future and upending conventions. The Maison s Artistic Director takes her cue from pioneering Surrealist painter Giorgio de Chirico, whose work is infused with nostalgia for Greece and depicts metaphysical
settings frozen in silent contrasts of light and shade. She also explores the universe of cosmopolitan gallery owner Alexandre Lolas, who maintained close ties with Greece and had a home in Athens. Artist Pietro Ruffo reinterprets the silhouettes of ancient Greek wrestlers and a camouflage pattern for a range of sportswear garments. Maria Grazia Chiuri highlights the way multi-faceted representations of beauty have influenced Dior s interpretations of femininity.