DIVINE INTERVENTION: Maria Grazia Chiuri has tapped feminist artist Judy Chicago to design the set of her spring high fashion present scheduled to happen on the Rodin Museum in Paris on Jan. 20 — and most people could have a possibility to view the set up, titled “The Female Divine,” from Jan. 21 to 26.
Chicago, 80, is greatest identified for her Seventies set up “The Dinner Party,” which highlights the position of girls in historical past and tradition by elaborate dinner desk place settings, devoted to figures starting from Boadicea to Virginia Woolf, that includes hand-painted plates depicting elaborately stylized vulvas.
For the Dior present, she has created an immersive area that includes an oversize goddess determine, extending right into a specifically woven catwalk carpet adorned with 1000’s of flowers.
In addition, the artist — who has usually used needlework in her tasks — designed 21 banners embroidered in English and French with questions reminiscent of “What if women ruled the world?” that had been made at an embroidery faculty in India, as a part of Dior’s efforts to assist feminine college students in what’s historically a male-dominated sector.
The set may even characteristic a desk with particular dishware designed by Chicago for Dior Maison, the homewares model that lately opened its first devoted retailer on Avenue Montaigne in Paris. It options her trademark spiral and cowrie shell motifs, conventional symbols of the goddess.
Chiuri has made activism a signature of her Dior tenure, beginning with the “We Should All Be Feminists” T-shirt in her first present for the home in 2016, impressed by Nigerian creator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay of the identical identify.
“Judy Chicago invites us to reconsider the roles and power relationships that determine, though the lens of gender, the way we live together today,” Dior mentioned in an announcement.