At the Dior Cruise 2019 show held at the Grand Stables in the Domaine de Chantilly the emphasis was on looks inspired by female Mexican Rodeo riders — the “Escaramuzas.”
The collection’s designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who is the Artistic Director at Dior, also made it clear that the show was not a case of simple cultural appropriation from Mexico. To make her feelings known, she pointed out that the rider’s costumes were influenced from similar traditions in parts of Italy and France.
Horses and the rodeo riders from Mexico kicked off the show, which took place in a downpour and was held at the Domaine de Chantilly, located around 50 kilometers from Paris. Models then sported looks that were inspired by the rider’s costumes, and braved the rain as they strutted on the runway.
Most of the looks relied on a palette of black and white to create a message of subtle femininity. Overall however, Chiuri kept returning to costumes of the rodeo riders for inspiration and therefore many looks included sombreros with small brims. While accessories such as bags were modeled closely on the lines of saddlebags and featured fine embellishments.
Chiuri also drew heavily from the lifestyle and dress of the rodeo riders in the creation of the large skirts and dresses, and there were also a number of striking jackets paired with hip-hugging trousers. Lace and embroidery also featured prominently in the dresses that were often paired with riding boots.
Click on the slideshow to see images from the Dior Cruise 2019 show.
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