5 things that made the Dior Cruise 2020 show the best one yet

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Yesterday, Maria Grazia Chiuri presented her Dior Cruise 2020 show, and it was her best one yet, for these reasons.

The setting

The show took place in Marrakech at sunset, it doesn't get more beautiful that that. Guests were invited to the Palais El Badi, where they sat around the central courtyard's pool, which was illuminated by floating candles.

There is also the fact that the house of Dior has many ties with Morocco. Christian Dior created a white tulle gown called 'Maroc', inspired by the city's white walls. And of course, it's hard to think if Morocco without thinking of Yves Saint Laurent, who worked with Dior and took over when the designer died in 1957. He owned a villa there and was fascinated by the country.

The message behind the collection

The collection was symbolic in many ways. Chiuri firstly wanted to pay homage to Saint Laurent. But most importantly, she wanted to create an exchange of cultures rather than culture appropriation. The show notes opened with this quite by Tahar Ben Jelloun (Racism Explained to My Daughter), which read, 'Culture teaches us to live together, teaches us that we’re not alone in the world, that other people have different traditions and ways of living that are just as valid as our own.'

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So Chiuri consulted anthropologist Anne Grosfilley to explore the origins and evolution of African cultures, and their links to Europe. She collaborated with Uniwax, a factory and studio in Ivory Coast, to create a wax print fabric which reflected on both Dior's archives and African symbols.

The collections itself

The result was (spoiler alert) stunning. The clothes were African-made, featured some African prints, but weaved in with Dior's code. Think dresses with that signature full skirt in rich colours and patterns, sheer detailing and loose tailoring. There were tassels, embroidery and embellishments, printed headscarves and metallic woven tote bags.

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The people

Jessica Alba, Diana Ross, Karlie Kloss and Lupita Nyong'o were just some of the many famous faces in attendance at the show.

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The after party

Diana Ross performed a set at the after party, and that's really all that needs to be said. Epic.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.