dior tries the African wax
For her 2020 cruise, Dior and Maria Grazia Chiuri, artistic director of women's fashion, presented an African wax collection
In the collection, we first recognize the shapes dear to Maria Grazia Chiuri (pleated petticoats, large unlined kittens, long strapless dresses, denim and workwear) and we admire fabrics, embroidery and sumptuous motifs.
But for this new vintage, Maria Grazia Chiuri also wanted to multiply collaborations, each guest having carte blanche to reinterpret Dior codes. Uniwax, a company based in Abidjan, cosigns wax fabrics (a material printed on both sides made famous in West Africa but whose origins are actually in Indonesia) who interpret the toile de Jouy motifs, signatures of Dior . The famous designer of Abidjan Pathé Ouédraogo, known as Pathé'O and especially for having dressed Nelson Mandela, imagined a shirt and a skirt with the effigy of the South African leader. The British-Jamaican designer, Grace Wales Bonner, winner of the 2016 LVMH Award, has created her own version of the iconic New Look, a slim-fitting jacket and loose-fitting skirt, reinterpreted by Afro-Caribbean crochet and embroidery techniques. The African-American artist Mickalene Thomas is known for her collages, reflecting on beauty, femininity, the representation of black women. For the collection, she revisited this same New Look silhouette with embroidery "3D" versions of her colorful compositions.