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30.05.2023 | Roman Popov

Christian Dior RESORT 2024 cruise show in Mexico, inspired by the work of Frida Kahlo

The show took place in the capital of Mexico under an unexpected rain in the courtyard of San Ildefonso College, where Frida Kahlo herself once studied. Now it is one of the main cultural places of Mexico City.

Mexico is a country that the chief designer of Christian Dior, Maria Grazia Curie, has loved for many years. As is usually the case with her cruise collections, she explores every place of inspiration in detail. In the case of Mexico, there is the country's centuries-old belief in the power of nature and an impressive group of uncompromising artists who often put female strength and experience at the heart of their work.

Leonora Carrington, Tina Modotti and, of course, Frida Kahlo, whose almamater, Colegio de San Ildefonso, provided a place for the show, stand over this collection like guardian angels. Exquisite handwork and textiles, which can be found all over the country, combine craft, tradition and heritage. And last but not least, the magical realism, powerful symbolism and mysticism of Mexico.

Frida Kahlo's creativity, colors, accessories and many patterns that we see on clothes in the collection, seem to have come from the artist's paintings. The silhouettes were stylized by the designer as traditional for Mexico. There was also a traditional craft — embroidery and fabrics were the work of local craftsmen.

For Curie, Kahlo is an "icon". She said: "I always felt close to her and to what she did. She was an artist who was the first to use her work to express her thoughts about her body and her wardrobe; her clothes were part of her project. But she was also very connected with the natural world, with Mother Earth, with the idea of metamorphoses."

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