After pairing up with Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone on a series of fantastical Christian Dior fashion films during lockdown, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri has pivoted back to in-person shows. Suffice to say, Dior returned with a bang yesterday, embracing the physicality of installation art in their show space at the Rodin Museum in Paris. The haute couture show was backdropped by a vast installation created by Eva Jospin, a French artist known for her sprawling forest walls. Entitled Chambre de Soie (Silk Room), Jospin's frenetic installation nods both to the Indian-inspired Embroidery Room at the Palazzo Colonna in Rome and to Virginia Woolf’s famed 1929 essay 'A Room of One's Own.'
Measuring 40 metres long, the installation was entirely hand-embroidered by the virtuoso artisans of the Chanakya workshop and the Chanakya School of Craft in Mumbai, based on a unique design by Jospin. Textile artist and curator Clare Hunter's book Threads of Life played a fundamental role in the conception of the A/W 21 couture collection, bringing critical awareness to the value of weaving and embroidery, two crafts that Grazia Chiuri holds dear as vectors for memory and gestures of protection, care and protest.
The Chambre de Soie (Silk Room) will be open to the public from July 6th to July 11th 2021.