“The Greek Bar Jacket,” a film by award-winning director Marianna Economou, premiered yesterday on YouTube.
Although live premieres were scheduled in Paris and Athens, they had to be canceled due to the pandemic. The documentary will now be available on Dior’s official YouTube channel. See the trailer below.
The documentary followed the Dior team, led by artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri, from Paris to Argos, Soufli, Thassos, Piraeus and Athens, as they created the iconic Cruise 2022 collection, which was presented in Athens at the Kallimarmaro Stadium last summer. 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.
Dior's 2022 Cruise collection was inspired by ancient and modern Greece, in cooperation with local creatives. While traveling through Greece, the team worked with silk producers, weavers, hat producers, and more. In Argos, Curie worked with experts on Greek traditional clothing, Aris Tzonevrakis, to create a remake of Christian Dior’s legendary Bar Jacket, featuring Greek folk patterns.
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.
[With information from Forbes]