There are few modern designers who are as faithful to the vision of their maison’s predecessors as Maria Grazia Chiuri. As the first female Creative Director of Dior, the designer has been mindful of what she brings to the legendary high-fashion house – namely a fusion of her own feminine world view and the mystery and magic evoked by Christian Dior’s original efforts.
As in seasons past, Chiuri once again delved into the house founder’s legacy, discovering his passion for collecting art in the process. Often surrounded by the best artists, Dior used his name and fame to give a platform to the undiscovered creative class working in Paris at the time. That is where he discovered the work of Leonor Fini, who frightened and perplexed society in the 1930s by depicting ferociously strong women in her art, simultaneously treating herself and her personal sense of style as an art form.
Dior, however, was not intimidated by her feminist point-of-view, but rather intrigued by it – he even became the first curator to show a Fini exhibition in Paris. In this exclusive video interview with Chiuri, the designer celebrates Fini’s life and explains why she dedicated her wonderful Spring 2018 Couture collection to the artist.