Dior’s documentary The Greek Bar Jacket pays tribute to Greek artisans

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Have you ever wondered how Dior organizes its Cruise collections? The Parisian House has just unveiled behind the scenes of its latest Cruise 2022 collection which premiered in the Greek capital last June, all through the prism of Greek culture in its new documentary “The Greek Bar Jacket”, a film by Anemon Productions.

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“Maria Grazia Chiuri [Dior’s women’s creative director]”gave carte blanche to the Athenian filmmaker Marianna Economou to draw the curtain”, notes the house in a press release. The artistic director was seduced by Economou from her film, When tomatoes meet Wagner. By working with local artisans, Chiuri has created a space for open dialogue that highlights ancient Greek family traditions. Chiuri is known for giving art, creation and female empowerment a platform to shine. This documentary does exactly that, it gives a platform to Dior’s legacy to Hellenic culture.

The setting for the show was at the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, where Economou met with actors from the event to trace Chiuri’s creative process. It is “a synergy of excellence, a virtuoso conversation between the exceptional know-how of the Ateliers Dior and Greek craftsmen”.

The documentary opens in the town of Argos, in the Peloponnese, in the workshop of the tailor Aristeidis Tzonevrakis. The tailor has reinterpreted the Bar jacket, an iconic piece that symbolizes the New Look revolution. Economou then travels to Soufli, located in eastern Macedonia and in the region of Thrace, to visit the Silk Line factory operated by Kostas Mouhtaridis and Dimitra Kolotoura. This is where the Parisian house’s feather-light silk fabrics are made. Capturing the creations of illustrator Christiana Soulou transposed onto cut yarn jacquard dresses, Economou also visits the island of Thasos. In the capital, the work of milliner Dior Stephen Jones, the NE.MA trimmings from the Benaki museum and the Tsalavoutas workshop, the documentary filmmaker highlights the iconic sailor’s cap.

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