When Maria Grazia Chiuri debuted the Christian Dior Cruise 2023 collection last summer in Seville, the Plaza de España was more than just a picturesque backdrop. Continuing the artistic director's world tour, highlighting traditional craft around the globe — with previous collections inspired by Athens, and Morocco — Chiuri's latest show for the French house had her immersed in the history of Spain’s Andalusia region. Now, Dior is providing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the collection with the documentary Fuerza, Cuerpo, Embrujo: The Making of a Dior Cruise Collection.
Directed by Alba Sotorra, the documentary begins with Chirui's investigation of Seville, which led to a singular inspiration in the form of famed flamenco dancer Carmen Amaya better known as La Capitana. Always inspired by women who bravely challenge societal expectations, Amaya was the perfect muse for Chiuri thanks to her unconventional career choices. Now dubbed as one of the greatest flamenco dancers to have lived, Amaya was known for not only being the first female flamenco dancer to perform in men's clothing but also master footwork previously reserved for male roles. In her highwaisted trousers and slicked back hair, the gender-bending pioneer captivated audiences with her powerful performances. Sotorra uses archival footage of Amaya and Seville's other female flamenco dancers to highlight the energy Chiuri wanted to imbue her collection with.
From early research, to the creation of the choreography, casting, and the installation of the set, the documentary delves into all the details behind the show. Still, at its core the film highlights Chiuri's mission to bridge the expert craftsmanship of the Dior ateliers with the traditional techniques of artisans from around the world. In an authentic collaboration, Chiuri worked closely with Spanish craftspeople to reinterpret the maison's signature designs like the bar jacket with intricate embroidery and create exclusive accessories like sombreros made locally.
You can watch the Fuerza, Cuerpo, Embrujo: The Making of a Dior Cruise Collection below.