Symbolic magic and pluralistic beauty by Dior

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Italian fashion designer and creative director at Christian Dior, whose collections often offer elements of fantasy, uses a white Andalusian horse in her Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2021 COLLECTION to bring to life some extra mystic symbols. 

Photo by DIOR

Working with director Matteo Garrone, Chiuri presents her collection via “Le Château du Tarot”, a short film shot at the Castello di Sammezzano in Tuscany.

It begins with a young woman sitting for a tarot reading before taking a voyage of the mind through the arabesque halls of the Moorish Revival palazzo. There, she encounters characters drawn from the deck, wearing majestic Dior couture outfits, including High Priestess, Temperance, and Destiny.

Christian Dior was passionate about the divinatory arts and signs of destiny. His autobiography is punctuated with often fateful encounters with visionary personalities: “It will be extraordinary. Your house will revolutionize fashion!” he recalled of a prophecy come true.

Fascinated by Italo Calvino’s novel The Castle of Crossed Destinies, Maria Grazia Chiuri chose to design her collection using the wonderful Visconti-Sforza tarot cards for exceptional creations symbolizing the major arcana. A tale celebrating the magical beauty of the divinatory arts.


“Le Château du Tarot” marks the second time that Chiuri has worked with Garrone. The duo first collaborated on an enchanting film for the fall 2020 couture season, which was inspired by Greek mythology.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior 

“We decided to film a story about this girl who goes inside a castle. It’s a labyrinth which represents an interior trip. When she meets each of (the tarot) figures, she has to reach a decision about her life. And on the other hand, she meets aspects of her own personality and learns not to be scared of the future.”

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Creative Director of Dior

Odes to the magical world of tarot, creations by Maria Grazia Chiuri exalt excellence of savoir-faire at the crossroads of enchantment and audacity, hallmarks of the Dior dream.

According to a release from Dior, the new interpretation of the Miss Dior dress took a team of six people 800 hours to complete. It includes “gold lamé rouleaux embroidery” with an “appliqué of small, embroidered gold lamé motifs representing flowers blooming on a trellis.”

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Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug

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Therese is the editor of Equilife, and is truly dedicated to equestrian sports and horses. She started riding as a little girl, and enjoys her free time with her two horses back home. Portrait interview is her favorite topic, as it has the gift to inspire others through peoples stories, knowledge, training and general life-philosophy, and certainly, their lives with horses.

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