Christian Dior unveiled a caryatid Cruise 2022 collection in Athens on Thursday evening, metaphysical mode by its creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri, unveiled inside the city’s giant Panathenaic Stadium.
Her opening look was a sporty goddess in a body stocking underneath the cage of a crinoline, finished with an extended train. Marching down the marble steps of the immense stadium, before an orchestra led by the London pianist Oliver Coates. Everything illuminated by flaming braziers and arc lights.
However, instead of a model, the opener turned out to be Ioanna Gika, the Los Angeles-based Greek artist, who had already collaborated with Chiuri on her 2018 Wild West cruise collection staged in the hills above LA. As fireflies smarmed around, Gika sang and recited a tone poem, to usher in the cast.
Chiuri’s concept was a brave one – blending active sport ideas with classic Grecian attire. Cerebral goddesses marching in sneakers and white chunky boots. Goddesses in techy fabric dresses, with draw strings; grommets and athletic silhouettes.