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S/ Was There: Dior Showcases Cruise 2023 Collection in Seville, Spain

Part of the magic of showcasing a Cruise collection is the location a brand chooses—for Maria Grazia Chiuri it was the Plaza de Espana in Seville, Spain, which created a breathtaking backdrop for the Dior Cruise 2023 runway show. The collection was largely inspired by Carmen Amaya, also known as La Capitana, who was the first female flamenco dancer to wear men’s clothing. Carmen’s influence can be seen in the high-waisted matador pants, the stunning embroidery, and masculine tailoring. Equestrian flourishes can also be seen throughout the collection, evoking the Dunchess of Alba in a wide-brimmed hat and short jacket riding alongside Jackie Kennedy. A mix of romantic silhouettes, a rich colour palette, and flowing gowns complemented the more androgynous look on display effortlessly.

Traditional techniques can be seen throughout the collection including lace fans, Manila shawls, and the Cordoba leather tradition—done through a collaboration between Pietro Ruffo and Daniel López-Obrero Carmona—which is seen on the painted leather panels and a series of bags. The collection takes the viewer on a journey of discovery through a distinctive Spanish lens, just as Maria Grazia Chiuri intended.

View the gallery for highlights from the Dior Crusie 2023 collection.