Even when I’m lying on a beach in Mexico, soaking up the beautiful late April rays, it’s hard to avoid the social media coverage of the Christian Dior 2020 Resort collection. It was obviously a stunning event, held in a palace in Marrakesh, a city that is a melting pot of cultures and traditional design techniques. Many designers have been inspired by its history and design and for Yves Saint Laurent, it was his second home.
This collection was inspired by many artisanal techniques used in Africa, such as the waxed cotton produced by Uniwax which uses a time consuming wax resist technique that originated in Indonesia. It also uses lace techniques that blended amazingly well with the rest of the collection. As a textile designer myself, it's always great to see a collection that is rich in print and even nicer to see artisanal techniques used in a contemporary way.