Maria Grazia Chiuri’s love for dance became apparent when she sent her ballet-inspired Dior collection down the runway for Spring/Summer 2019. Models were adorned in voluminous tulle ensembles complete with ballet slippers as a troupe of dancers shared the runway with them.
Now Chiuri takes her passion for movement into a new realm with Dior’s collaboration with Italian ballet dancer Eleonora Abbagnato, designing costumes for Nuit Blanche, one of three ballets being staged in homage to the composer and musician Philip Glass, set to run nightly at the Teatro dellâ€™Opera di Roma from March 29th to April 2nd 2019.
For this exceptional project, Eleonora Abbagnato, the Director of Ballet at the Teatro dellâ€™Opera di Roma and an Ă©toile at the OpĂ©ra National de Paris, will appear alongside the star dancer Friedemann Vogel in a piece choreographed by the French talent SĂ©bastien Bertaud. Like Christian Dior in his time, dance has been a lifelong passion for Maria Grazia Chiuri, who sees the art form, in all its variations, as a liberating gesture expressed through body movement.
Last September, she collaborated with the choreographer Sharon Eyal on a performance that punctuated her spring-summer 2019 ready-to-wear collection dedicated to dance and to several pioneers in the field, such as Isadora Duncan and LoĂŻe Fuller.
Maria Grazia Chiuri enthusiastically accepted the invitation to work with Eleonora Abbagnato, whose values echo her own. For her, creating the costumes for Nuit Blanche represented the opportunity to deepen creative research at the crossroads of dance, culture and couture. â€śIâ€™ve admired Eleonora Abbagnatoâ€™s work for years,â€ť she says. â€śShe is an extraordinary artist who has worked hard to achieve her goals. She represents a great source of inspiration for a new generation of women. Her career, much like mine, was forged between Italy and France, which brings the two of us even closer together,â€ť said the Creative Director of Dior womenâ€™s collections.
Discover the costumes designed by Chiuri in the gallery below.