In the final days of March, Dior held a landmark fashion show in Mumbai. It wasn't the first time that the enormously populous Indian city has played host to a fashion show but this was perhaps the largest luxury fashion spectacle ever held there, made doubly important by the meta aspects surrounding the show.

On a tangible level, Dior's Fall 2023 collection was steeped in Indian artistry. Handcraft provided by Chanakya School Of Craft — overseer Karishma Swali is close with Dior Women's creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri — brings together centuries-old handicraft with motifs typical of Dior.

The resulting clothing is a similarly immediate melding of cultural codes.

Dior's signature bolero jackets and draped, thigh-length shirts were styled alongside sari-style skits, all realized in rich Kanchipuram silks that were at once an homage to India's incomparable textiles and former Dior director Marc Bohan, the silk-obsessed designer who was the first to initiate the conversation between Dior and Mumbai.

Hand-set sequins, painstaking floral embroidery, and intricate block-printed patterns epitomize the attitude. This is couture-level detailing within a Dior prêt-à-porter presentation.

That such exquisite materials would be sent down the runway as ready-to-wear itself speaks to the origins of India's unique fabrics.

The gorgeously humble khadi beloved by Gandhi and the centuries-old Tangaliya weave were born from a desire for self-sufficiency (known in India as "Swadeshi). Their inherent loveliness is a natural byproduct of the artisanal manufacturing process that birthed them.

Dior's homage to Indian art elevated its Fall 2023 show beyond spectacle.

Sure, that was part of it — Bollywood legend Rekha doesn't just show up at any ol' runway held in front of the Gateway of India — but the thoughtfulness woven into Dior's clothing will last even longer than the awe of the show itself.

What To Read Next

  • best sunglasses

    10 Pairs of Sunglasses to Welcome Summer With

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Drake & Nike's Next Nocta Shoe Is a Jason Kidd Reference (!?)

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Dover Street Market's "Market Market" Sale Finally Returns to NY

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    What Is "Market Market," DSM's Ultra-Rare Archive Sale?

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Former YEEZY Designer Satoshi Kuwata on Winning the 2023 LVMH Prize

  • Image on Highsnobiety

    Crocs’ Dylan Clog Is One For the Muleboyz

*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titelmedia (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titelmedia strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titelmedia has engaged UsableNet Inc, a leading web accessibility consultant to help test, remediate and maintain our Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.