Luxury house DIOR teams up with the French Embassy in Italy, and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma for the Nuit Romaine film, directed by Angelin Preljocaj. The film is set in the heart of the Palazzo Farnese, headquarters of the French Embassy in Italy. Nox, goddess of the night, embodied by Eleonora Abbagnato, accompanied by star dancer Friedemann Vogel, enters the palace and, as she moves along corridors, through rooms and gardens, encounters various individuals: popes, dukes, noblewomen and other characters who lived in this legendary place over the centuries. The brand’s creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri and the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma’s ballet director and star of the Opéra national de Paris Eleonora Abbagnato previously collaborated on the Nuit Blanche ballet.
“The fusion of virtuoso skills of the Dior ateliers and those of the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, guided by Maria Grazia Chiuri, played a fundamental role in the design of the costumes. Draping and pleating executed by hand reveal more than ever their delicacy on capes and dresses. Other examples of savoir-faire specific to the vocabulary of the House and the Creative Director include lace inlays, myriads of beads and color gradations creating spectacular effects. Hand-painted costumes, designed as trompe-l’oeil, are decorated with the characters that feature in the Carracci frescoes2 on the vault of the Farnese Gallery. Like a foray of the modern world into the heart of this journey through time, ensembles of jeans, t-shirts and sneakers also make an appearance. Clothing thus becomes a language in itself, linking past, present and future, and translating the cultural conversations between France and Italy, symbolizing their precious alchemy.” – from Dior
The film will be unveiled on Dior’s YouTube channel and social media accounts, starting on International Dance Day, April 29th at 3pm.