Booth Moore did a great dive into the local artisans Maria Grazia Chiuri used for this show, as well as Christian Dior’s own ties to Mexico. It ends with:

Much of Mexico’s artisan work is done by women, who are under siege as victims of the pandemic of femicide. It was appropriate to acknowledge them in the context of a women’s fashion show in Mexico City, which just weeks ago held a Women’s March where thousands took to the streets demanding an end to gender-based killings.

So Chiuri asked Mexican feminist artist Elina Chauvet to create the finale. Chauvet’s work brings awareness to women lost to violence, most notably her “Red Shoes” installations featuring dozens of pairs of red shoes set up in public squares around the world in memory of those who have disappeared.

For Dior, she created “A Corozan Abierto” (which translates to open heart), working on 1950s archival white cotton muslin dresses, with red thread forming words and symbols conveying the idea of loss. […] Chauvet said, “Through those canvases, I’m sending a message — give women a voice.”

This is excellent stuff, and also… at the same time, wow, it’s a real messaging clash for the overall House of Dior, considering whom they JUST paid $20 million to remain the face of its Sauvage fragrance.

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