Throughout Maria Grazia Chiuri's tenure at Dior, the Italian designer has placed a distinct emphasis on highlighting the beauty and complexity of femininity. Chiuri's slinky designs, wearable ready-to-wear, and utilitarian accessories have revitalized the house over the past few seasons, creating a new style lexicon in the famed legacy of Dior. Though the Cruise 2022 show took place in Athens Greece, this is not Chiuri or Dior's first voyage to the sunny island. Christian Dior was a frequent traveler and would present his shows in far-off places—a romantic and boundary-breaking DNA Chirui tapped into for this collection.
For Cruise 2022, Chiuri continued her exploration of the female form, pointing to the archaeology and history of Ancient Greece as an inspiration for the collection. Chiuri used the vast ruins of Knossos and the Heraklion Archeological Museum as a way to reinterpret the strength and femininity of the modern woman. Asymmetric cut-outs, deconstructed tailoring, and chiffon pleats were new ventures fashion-wise for Chirui while classic Dior house codes like the bar jacket and cinched silhouettes grounded the collection in a sense of familiarity.
Titled "Erratum"—a Latin term meaning an error in printing or writing—the collection certainly revitalized a certain sense of historicism that is synonymous with Athens. The moody, picturesque location complimented the Grecian-inspired ready-to-wear and utilitarian accessories while continuing Dior's wider embrace of mythology. Standouts from the collection included the all-white off-the-shoulder chiffon pieces, layered outerwear, and the two finale gowns made complete by flowing trains. Throughout the collection, Chiuri experimented with pops of color—deep blues, greens, and yellow—and also featured Grecian-inspired patterns that added a heightened sense of dimension to the show. Plus, a surprising last look of feather-light tulle referenced Björk's famed swan dress, with the neck of the elegant bird draped around the that of the model.
The collection was a breezy melange of signature Dior codes, new Chirui explorations, and an ode to the sculptural history of Grecian femininity.
Here, see every look from Dior Cruise 2022.