Enter the intimate world of the DIOR cruise 2019 collection show, thought up and crafted by Maria Grazia Chiuri

Inspired by Mexican tradition and the spirit of Grandes Écuries de Chantilly, the scenography was an echo of the collection.

Indicative of the spirit of everything that went before it in the Cruise 2019 show, Maria Grazia Chiuri took the traditional French toile de Jouy motif, made it all about animals, and blew it up into a colour-drenched appliqué of ravishing re-embroidered prints.

Because at Dior knows how to make the crazily complex look like a cakewalk.

A key motif of this cruise collection and a great French classic from the 18th century, toile de Jouy has been given a modern makeover with the addition of a series of wild animals.

Among these, tigers, bears and giraffes were hand drawn like engravings in pen and ink to populate these typically pastoral scenes.

In traditional dyes (blue, red and green) and lifted with touches of unprecedented color such as camel or black, the revisited fabric makes its way onto trench coats, skirts, jeans and some of the House’s bags.

A bustier top and full skirt are a riot of vermicelli-embroidered and beaded floral colour for Cruise 2019. This was a nod to the fiercely feminine outfits worn by the escaramuzas.

The supremely talented Mexican female horse riders not only inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri but provided the central performance at last evening’s show held at the palatial stables in Chantilly outside Paris.