Maria Grazia Chiuri, Italian fashion designer and creative director at Christian Dior, whose collections often offer elements of fantasy.
For her Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2021 collection during the ongoing Paris Haute Couture Week, Chiuri drew inspiration from tarot cards, bringing to life the mystic characters and symbols familiar from the now ubiquitous illustrated decks.
Working with director Matteo Garrone, Chiuri presented Monday her collection via "Le Château du Tarot", a short film shot at the Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany.
It begins with a young woman sitting for a tarot reading, before taking a voyage of the mind through the arabesque halls of the Moorish Revival palazzo. There, she encounters characters drawn from the deck, wearing majestic Dior couture outfits, including High Priestess, Temperance, and Destiny.
"Le Château du Tarot" marks the second time that Chiuri has worked with Garrone. The duo first collaborated on an enchanting film for the fall 2020 couture season, which was inspired by Greek mythology.
“We decided to film a story about this girl who goes inside a castle. It’s a labyrinth which represents an interior trip. When she meets each of (the tarot) figures, she has to reach a decision about her life. And on the other hand, she meets aspects of her own personality and learns not to be scared of the future.” she said on a Zoom call from Paris.
According to a release from Dior, the new interpretation of the Miss Dior dress took a team of six people 800 hours to complete. It includes "gold lamé rouleaux embroidery" with an "appliqué of small, embroidered gold lamé motifs representing flowers blooming on a trellis."
Top brands like Chanel are also due to present their Haute Couture ranges online. Schiaparelli, whose Texan designer Daniel Roseberry dressed Lady Gaga for Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. President last week, earlier on Monday showcased bejeweled gowns paired with oversized earrings and super-hero style dresses which appeared to give models sculpted abdominals.