With elegant and intricate dresses embedded into the culture of escaramuza, it’s not surprising that the world of fashion has tapped the equestrian sport for inspiration. In May, Christian Dior’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri paid homage to the all-female sport with the brand’s cruise 2019 ready-to-wear collection. But months later, the collection has drawn some controversy.
In the hippodrome of Chantilly, Dior debuted the collection. For the occasion, the brand made an effort to show the real women who inspired the high-fashion looks by flying in an eight-woman team from Mexico. All of them wore Dior as they rode in unison, as the models walked the runway that encircled the arena.
In October, Dior announced that Oscar-winning actor Jennifer Lawerence would be the face of the collection. In a series of Instagram posts shared recently, the fashion company showed behind-the-scenes clips of the campaign. In one, Jennifer Lawrence speaks about the inspiration behind the collection.
“One of the main inspirations for this collection is the traditional women riders of Mexico. So I’m really excited that this collection is looking at and celebrating these women’s heritage through such a modern lens,” Lawrence said. “We’ve been shooting in a beautiful ranch in California with rolling hills, and I can’t think of a better landscape to highlight this collection.”
Some have shared their disappointment with the collection not centering the Mexican women who served as major inspiration. Check out a few comments below.