Long ago, Christian Dior was a patron of dance, and a friend to English ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn. He even created her wedding dress and collaborated with her throughout his lifetime. His appreciation for the craft is honored today by his successor, Maria Grazia Chiuri, who has often used dance as inspiration for designing her collections, finding that movement enlivens the passionate spirit of her clothes.
In fact, Dior’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection was dedicated to the body in motion, and celebrated the legacy of dancers like Loïe Fuller, Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, and Pina Bausch. A special portion of the presentation was even choreographed by the highly respected dancer and choreographer, Sharon Eyal. In Rome – where Chiuri is from – a spectacular new event is unfolding, which sees the intersection of her recent work for Dior and the house founder’s passion for dance.
Three ballets created in homage to the legendary composer and musician Philip Glass are being staged at the iconic Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, and Chiuri – in collaboration with Eleonora Abbagnato – has created the costumes for one of the ballets, Nuit Blanche. “Here, my work is like a ‘choreographic exercise’ in itself, because it involves creating costumes that integrate perfectly with movement,” explained Chiuri. She even took the time to show style influencer Chiara Ferragni – who was in attendance at the ballet – around Rome, filtering its magic through her own love of the city.
As they stroll the streets, Chiuri explains nuances to Ferragni that only a local would know or notice. In the exclusive video, above, you’re invited to tag along on their tour of Rome, the location responsible for bringing together the worlds of Philip Glass, the talented dancers of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, the vision of Dior’s Chiuri, and her exquisite fashion collaboration. And there’s more – you can witness Chiuri’s work in motion as Dior reveals a scene from the ballet performance of Nuit Blanche, below.