The emblematic figure of Frida Kahlo continues to offer a powerful connection to this culture, celebrated at the heart of the Christian Dior Resort 2024 collection. The Mexican artist transcended her body through her clothes, which became representation, proclamation, protest, and affirmation.
Moths also come to life on the silhouettes, based on a sketch by Andrée Brossin de Méré from the Dior archives. Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired by photographs of Frida Kahlo bending the rules of gender boundaries. For this new line, unveiled in Mexico City, Maria Grazia Chiuri has once again forged strong ties with local artisans who excelled. Their expertise shines with original embroideries, co-creations crafted with their ateliers, notably adorning dresses and shirts.
A pink dress reminiscent of the one worn by Frida Kahlo in one of her self-portraits is featured. The captivating beauty of fragility is further enhanced by the variety of cotton, hemp and silk lace selected, by the meticulous designs of the collars sublimating the jersey and black velvet, and by the butterflylike jacquards. Velvet is revisited in a mesmerizing palette of colors on skirts that, thanks to their pleats, emphasize the hips before opening into corollas. Butterflies also populate the toile de Jouy, illustrating Mexican flora and fauna alongside parrots, monkeys and strelitzias that also illuminate the paintings of Frida Kahlo.
Mexico, a country of the heart, expresses – through the emotional modulations and chromatic vivacity of this cruise line – a femininity that is constructed by a relationship with the natural environment, in a balance of engagement and light-heartedness.