The Dior Cruise Show was one of our favorites of the season. Set on a remote mountain top in Calabasas, California, the rich mix of beading, color, and a wild magical spirit, we asked Dior Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri about her inspiration:
“The tarots of Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble are powerful, they are the artistic expression of a feminism capable of healing and strengthening. I wanted to reuse them with a pop spirit. These tarots are linked to the star signs, also dear to Monsieur Dior. Fortune telling and tarots are part of the codes of the house as I discovered when immersing myself in the history of Christian Dior, and I’m appropriating them by reinterpreting them in each collection with a different spirit,” explains Maria Grazia Chiuri
Tarot is deeply embedded in the brand’s history; Christian Dior himself was said to be a big devotee to tarot, having his cards read to him prior to each of his fashion shows. Created by Karen Vogel and Vicki Noble, the Motherpeace tarot is a feminist-inspired deck of tarot cards, in which the majority of figures are female. Maria Grazia Chiuri was first inspired by Vicki Noble’s book ‘Shakti Woman’, which introduced her to Motherpeace prior to her first Cruise collection for Dior. Some of the most prominent cards from the deck included in Maria Grazia’s designs are:
- The Priestess of Wands: a natural manager, gifted at promoting teamwork and allocating obligations
- Five of Swords: a caution against panic
- The Tower card: signaling an upcoming, likely drastic change
- The Death Card: rather than physical death this rather stands for rebirth and transformation
Preview the Dior Tarot Collection now on BG.com, items available in store. Shop now at Bergdorf Goodman (5th avenue & 58th Street).