Culture teaches us to live together, teaches us that we’re not alone in the world, that other people have different traditions and ways of living that are just as valid as our own.
– Tahar Ben Jelloun, from Racism Explained to My Daughter
Maria Grazia Chiuri continues her foray into cultural exchange with her most recent Dior Cruise 2020 collection. With a modernistic meld of patterns and textures, the designer sought to dialogue with the real and imagined landscape of Morocco, at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, Europe and Africa, as a dream destination for artists, poets, writers and eternal adventurers. Showing the 2020 Cruise collection in Marrakesh represented a way of being guided by the memory of the House and Christian Dior’s first successor, Yves Saint Laurent, a native of Oran who was fascinated by Morocco. .
“…because it is the common ground on which discourse among women across their myriad differences can occur.” Naomi Zack, Inclusive Feminism: A Third Wave Theory of Women’s Commonality.
Her show also illustrated the concept of a meeting of ideas, a “common ground” like the one feminist philosopher Naomi Zack describes, in which, despite all differences, exchanges among women can materialize through reflection and action.