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Greek Island of Milos is Inspiration for Latest Dior Collection

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Milos is the setting for a new campaign of the fashion house Dior. Credit: Dronepicr/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0

The Greek island of Milos, and ancient Greece, are the inspirations behind the latest collection from the iconic French fashion house of Dior.

The video for the latest collection, which was published on Dior’s YouTube channel, shows off the stunning Greek island of Milos in all its beauty.

The clothing featured in the latest collection are inspired by ancient Greece, and prominent female figures from ancient Greek mythology.

Greek island of Milos source of inspiration for Dior, other designers

Milos, which is known for its turquoise waters and unique, Moon-like geological formations and authentic Cycladic villages, serves as inspiration for the latest collection from the iconic French fashion house.

The volcanic island is the southwesternmost island in the Cyclades archipelago, and  because of its volcanic origin, it possesses a captivating landscape with soft, sandy beaches, underwater sea caves and dramatic cliffs.

This is not the first time Dior has used the gorgeous landscape of Greece as inspiration for an advertising campaign or fashion show.

Just a few months ago, in June, Dior held an awe-inspiring fashion show at the Panathenaic Stadium, or “Kallimarmaro,” in Athens for the major fashion house’s “Cruise 2022” collection.

Setting the show at the world famous, historically significant, and most importantly, decidedly Greek, Kallimarmaro Stadium is clearly a nod to ancient Greece, which acts as a huge inspiration for Dior.

At the helm of the show held in Athens was Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s current creative director. Chiuri sees fashion through a feminist lens; she researched and subsequently channeled a great deal of information about powerful ancient Greek women for the Dior “Cruise 2022” collection,

Chiuri’s inspiration explains why the setting of the show is in such an explicitly historical place, as well as the contents of the collection, which are almost certainly Greek-inspired.

And that wasn’t the first time that Dior had sought to hold a fashion show in Greece. The show which was held at Kallimarmaro actually was the third such show, after a Dior show held in Athens in 1951 and a second show, in the 1970’s, with the iconic fashion house showcasing its elegant, minimalist dresses at the Acropolis.

The shows, which presented the Autumn/Winter haute couture collections, took a cue from their beautiful, graceful garments, with models posing in front of the Caryatids, mirroring their grace.

Louis Vuitton also inspired by Greek island

Dior isn’t the only figure in the fashion world that continues to seek inspiration from Greece, and the Greek island of Milos, in particular.

The famed French fashion house Louis Vuitton chose the beautiful Greek island of Milos as the setting for its latest brand campaign called “The Spirit of Travel,” which was released in September.

In the video, Sassen directs school-aged children playing against the stunning landscape for which the island is known, making the advertising campaign feel like memories of a childhood dream. The unique backdrop makes the shoot feel even more dreamlike.

And Milos was not the only destination to be featured in Louis Vuitton’s campaign.

“The Spirit of Travel goes beyond discovering a physical destination, it also sparks curiosity for what lies within. For this year’s brand campaign, photographer Viviane Sassen continues to translate the Maison’s core values into a far-reaching journey where imagination takes flight between past, present and future,” the fashion house wrote in a statement.

Photographer Sassen will travel to a variety of unique destinations for the campaign, including France and Jordan, as well.

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