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Over the weekend in Chantilly, France, Dior debuted a modern take on tradition, freedom, and femininity with “Diorodeo,” the Cruise 2019 collection. Traditional Mexican female riders, escaramuzas, served as the inspiration for artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s designs for “Diorodeo,” which was presented in an equestrian arena. During the show, models walked the sand-packed arena around a parade of riders dressed in the escaramuza fashion, circling on horseback. Guests sat atop low wooden bleachers, covered by striped awnings that matched the striped ribbons draped from above to a center column, calling to mind a maypole.
Known for pushing the boundaries, escaramuzas performed challenging equestrian routines while clad in full skirts. In tribute to these strong female icons, the collection features a series of ultra-feminine silhouettes offset by accessories like thin neckties and black rubber boots. The collection also displays modernized takes on 18th century elements, like tulle skirts and the reimagined toile de Jouy, which displays picturesque scenes of tigers and serpents.