The Parisian House has just unveiled what went on behind the scenes of its latest Cruise 2022 collection that premiered in Greece’s capital city last June, all done through the lens of Greek culture in its new documentary “The Greek Bar Jacket,” an Anemon Productions film.
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“Maria Grazia Chiuri [Dior’s women’s creative director] gave Athenian filmmaker Marianna Economou carte blanche to pull the curtain,” notes the house in a statement. The creative director was enamored by Economou from her film, When Tomatoes Met Wagner. Working with local artisans, Chiuri created a space for open dialogue that brings light to Greek ancestral family traditions. Chiuri is known for giving art, creatives, and women’s empowerment a platform to shine. This documentary does just this, it gives a platform to Dior’s heritage to Hellenic culture.
The show’s setting was at Athen’s Panathenaic Stadium, where Economou met actors from the event to retrace Chiuri’s creative process. It’s “a synergy of excellence, a virtuoso conversation between the exceptional savoir-faire of the Dior Ateliers and Greek artisans.”
The documentary opens in the Peloponnese city of Argos at tailor Aristeidis Tzonevrakis’ workshop. The tailor reinterpreted the Bar jacket, an iconic piece that symbolizes the New Look revolution.
Economou then travels to Soufli, located in eastern Macedonia and the Thrace region, visiting the Silk Line factory operated by Kostas Mouhtaridis and Dimitra Kolotoura.
It’s here that the Parisian house’s featherlight silk fabrics are made. Capturing illustrator Christiana Soulou’s creations that are transposed onto cut-yarn jacquard dresses, Economou also visits the island of Thasos. In the capital the work of Dior milliner Stephen Jones, the Benaki Museum’s NE.M.A trimmings, and the Tsalavoutas workshop, the documentarian highlights the iconic sailor