The historic monument, Gateway of India, in Mumbai, erected to mark the arrival of King George V, the first British monarch to visit the country will now serve as the backdrop for the first fashion show of a major European fashion house.

On March 30, Dior led by creative director Maria Grazia Curie will hold the fashion show for the Pre-Fall 2023 collection.

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The Italian fashion designer announced the organization of the fashion show on her personal Instagram account and revealed that she is working with Mumbai-based Atelier Chanakya.

Describing the relationship with its artisans as fundamental to both her personal and professional development, she clarified that through the upcoming fashion show she wishes to honor India’s rich history by shedding light on the country’s current role and future potential in its world. fashionable.

“Through this relationship with the Chanakya atelier I have been able to learn so much about the hand embroidery techniques that still exist in every region of India and Chanakya’s unique ability to bring them into dialogue with the fashion industry” wrote Maria Gracia Curie.

The Dior collection will feature traditional Indian designs, including silk dresses, evening coats and sari-inspired skirts, with embroidery by Chanakya Atelier.