Here’s everything you need to know about Dior’s Pre-Fall 2023 collection held at the Gateway of India in Mumbai.
French luxury fashion house, Christian Dior, commonly known as Dior presented its Pre-Fall 2023 collection by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. For this year’s show, the creative director collaborated with the Mumbai-based atelier Chanakya School Of Craft to put together the luxury brand’s ready-to-wear collection and celebrate Indian’s culture, craftsmanship, and India savoir-faire. Maria Grazia Chiuri expressed her desire to celebrate and showcase the incredible knowledge India offers to the international world of fashion,” she explained in an Instagram post, “In the field of embroidery, the mastery of the artisans who continue to work on this craft, and the commitment of Chanakya’s founders to preserving India’s history and culture, portrayed by each embroidery technique.”
Karishma Swali, who runs the Chanakya workshops, an art and fashion studio space also participated in the collection. The creative director said, “It was through this relationship with Chanakya that I was able to learn so much about the artisanal embroidery techniques, which are still found in each and every Indian region, and the unique ability of the Chanakya Atelier to put them in dialogue with the fashion industry,” Thus, she wanted to fuse Karishma’s influences with the Maison’s heritage and style, which could be seen from the wide and striking range of colours, techniques, decorative shapes, motifs, and materials chosen for the collection.
The latest Dior’s pre-fall 2023 collection was inspired by the traditional Indian garments, while paying tribute “to the subcontinent’s culture focused a spotlight on the creative overlap between its wide-ranging mastery of textile crafts and the House’s perpetual devotion to savoir-faire excellence,” The Maison shared in its official account in social media. The Maison wanted to create a collection as an ode to traditional Indian costumes, embroidery, abstract prints, and fluid silhouettes, all fused with the Maison’s style.
The collection included magnificent evening jackets, flowy trousers, elegant silk dressed, and skirts with desi-inspired patterns. There was also a captivating pattern, tie-dye, while the colour pattern ranged from bright greens and yellows to deep pinks and purple tones, which definitely gained supreme prominence. These colours were chosen as a tribute to French designer Marc Bohan who took Dior under the wing for nearly 30 years. He marked a new era for Dior, specifically when dating back to April 1962, creative director Marc Bohan travelled to India (Mumbai and Delhi) to conversate between France and India. This international connection he established also invited younger customers and a more modern design approach into the Maison.
Previously, Grazia Chiuri has engaged with local artisans from all over the world to inspire and even produce limited-edition designs for Dior’s cruise collections, which were staged in Morocco, Greece, and Spain.
The Dior Pre-Fall 2023 also attracted an awesome lineup of stars in Dior, including the likes of Simone Ashley, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss, Mile Phakphum Romsaithong, Nattawin Wattanagitiphat, Sonam Kapoor, Ananya Panday, and more, each in a captivating look from this new collection.
Check out some of the boldest looks from the collection below.