“The art of weaving is a form of art we absolutely cannot afford to lose,” says Cristina Rizzo, president of the Costantine Foundation. The Foundation, which promotes and dynamises the Puglia region by preserving its living heritage through the teaching of traditional crafts like loom weaving, was one of 13 local Apulian artisans spotlighted for Dior Cruise 2021.
This was both the start and end point for Maria Grazia Chiuri: the local artists and artisans of the Puglia region, emblems of its rich history cast through the lens of Dior. Staged in the historic city of Lecce, a sensory spectacle unfolded which celebrated the magical beauty of arts and craft. Held behind closed doors, it was illuminated by Marinella Senatore’s Luminarie and set to the rhythms of a cathartic dance by the La Notte della Taranta Foundation, choreographed by Sharon Eyal. The erudite music of Paolo Buonvino played as these priceless rites were cast anew, Dior giving both a voice and a stage to centuries-old tradition and skill.
The delicate bi-colour weaves of the Costantine Foundation were articulated on various pieces throughout the collection, while the atelier’s motto – “Amando e Cantando” or “Loving and Singing” – was embroidered on a series of skirts, echoing the spirit of the Foundation.
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