Dior Designs Glorious Costumes For The Ballet In Rome | Fashion News

Maria Grazia Chiuri with the dancers.


On Thursday evening in her native Rome, Maria Grazia Chiuri added ‘Costume Designer’ to her Dior CV as the ballet performance Nuit Blanche premiered at Teatro Dell’Opera. She has long been passionate about dance, as was Christian Dior himself. Following her ready-to-wear spring 2019 show for Dior, centred on that specific form of art, Chiuri has created 16 costumes for the ballet group and the two étoiles.


Chiuri’s signature tulle skirt takes on Dior’s classic silhouette and was adorned in fairytale haute couture floral embroidery, male dancers’ transparent tricots likewise. “My reference for the shape was Miss Dior,” she said before the performance, staged – and performed by – Eleonora Abbagnato with choreography by Sébastian Bertaud and music by Philip Glass.


“We wanted to use the flower embroideries on tulle that I used in my first couture show for Dior, but also for the jumpsuits. In order to do that we had to find tulle that was light and stretchy but transparent at the same time. Maintaining that lightness and comfort was a real challenge.”


The program comprises three ballets performed by the dancers and orchestra of Rome’s Teatro dell’Opera and is scheduled for March 29 to April 2. Starting with Hearts & Arrows with choreography by Benjamin Millepied, followed by Glass Pieces with choreography by Jerome Robbins, and Nuit Blanche choreographed by Sébastien Bertaud.


Check out pictures of the ballet’s costumes on stage below.










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