Dior’s New Look Silhouette Reinterpreted by Two Artists for its Cruise 2020 Collection

Dior’s Cruise 2020 collection featured a collaboration between Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri and a few African artists form different cultures – all of whom injected their own special touches to the collection.

And so, two artists were invited by Chiuri to reinterpret the New Look silhouette: Mickalene Thomas and Grace Wales Bonner. So who are the two lucky artists?

Meet the socially-engaged African-American artist, painter, sculptor, photographer and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas, whose reinterpretation of the New Look silhouette (the Bar jacket, the skirt and the hat) was an ode to femininity and beauty, alight with color patchworks infused into embroideries.

The New Look silhouette, first designed by Christian Dior in 1947, was also reinterpreted by British-Jamaican designer Grace Wales Bonner, a graduate of Central Saint Martins, who founded her eponymous label Wales Bonner in 2014. The designer drew inspiration from Afro-Caribbean crochet and embroidery techniques to reinterpret the iconic look.

New Look silhouette by Mickalene Thomas
New Look silhouette by Grace Wales Bonner

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