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.
“Inspired by Mexican horse riding women” ok ..
Shot in California, using Jlaw instead of Mexican actresses the new @Dior campaign exemplifies how Latino culture is not “respected” it merely serves an entertainment, an illusion, an exotic fantasy for white privilege pic.twitter.com/9N9h6yIPMv
— Andrea Hernández ♀️ (@iiiitsandrea) November 13, 2018
Well this is super fucked up! This collection was inspired by 'women riders in Mexico' but is faced by Jennifer Lawrence and the shoot took place in California…..for real @Dior ????? https://t.co/7U5WMHHEk2
— Margot Woll (@margotwoll) November 13, 2018
In the latest installment of white women and dusty ass fashion houses making poor choices: Dior's new collection was inspired by Mexican riders so they got Jennifer Lawrence as the model because of course they did. https://t.co/WhKyygZxAs
— Dino-Ray Ramos (@DinoRay) November 13, 2018
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Lol. Wut?! Sooooooooo, #Dior & #JenniferLawrence wanna celebrate traditional Mexican women riders thru a “modern lens”…by having a rich white woman named Jennifer be the face of this campaign? And like they couldn’t think of a better landscape to shoot than in California?! Hmm, I dunno, maybe…like…shoot…in…Mexico…with…a…Mexican…actress like Salma Hayek, Karla Souza, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria, or many others. But I guess they were all unavailable, so you had to go with Jennifer Lawrence. ♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️♀️. The audacity to call this shit modern because it’s worn by a white woman is ignorant and gross, but unfortunately, not surprising. Please comment below with Mexican designers I should support and give my dolls to, heauxes, because this boo boo ass Ricky’s Halloween store Mexican cosplay is not the jam.