When I was a girl I was invited to a Slumber Party where we played a game with Tarot cards. The birthday girl’s Dad was not happy about this. We were in so much trouble. So it was with some trepidation that I watched Maria Grazia Chiuri’s 2021 Couture Collection inspired by Tarot.
I shouldn’t have worried, for once again this exceptional designer has wowed us with her feminine and whimsical designs. She has looked back to move forward and in a nod to the history of this iconic house, we learn that Christian Dior himself was passionate about the divinatory arts and signs of destiny.
For this collection Maria once again teamed up with Matteo Garrone to present a film called Le Chateau de Tarot which showcased perfectly and moodily the looks inspired by the 15th century, Visconti Sforza tarot. Filmed in a chateau the designs were ornate and gilded in colour featuring sumptuous fabrics.The showing represented a year in which we have all had time for self reflection and introspection and revealed the contradictory aspects of a person’s character, as well as the need for balance.
The showstopper piece of the collection was an exceptionally beautiful feather embroidered coat. The craftsmanship was impeccable in this floor length hooded evening coat, aptly named ‘The Magician’. In a black velvet shawl collared evening suit a sharpness was revealed with gold and burgundy brocade contrasts. Embellished lace was teamed with a pair of sleek jacquard trousers and the iconic Dior Bar Jacket was covetable with the incorporation of precious jacquards and brocades.
Empire lines abounded and flowing evening dresses in shades of copper, dusky pink and navy will be sure to flatter on any red carpet. I loved a translucent diaphanous blue gown scattered with sequins. Statement sleeves and capes brought drama, whilst pleats and embroidered lace was a feature.
Watch out for the whimsical and colourful tarot motifs woven through the designs, including ‘Le Fou and ‘La Justice’. For me this collection was a fascinating interplay of the maximal and minimal, although with the sumptuous fabrics on offer the only word in my head is luxurious. Many of the silhouettes, especially the pants, were classic Dior that I would love to wear to a dinner or show in Paris. It seems that Haute Couture has been able to pivot and regroup to inspire, delight and provide some beauty and opulence in a world that was suddenly grey.
Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).