Welcome to this seventh episode of Dior Talks. This podcast series will explore the connections between Creative Director of Women’s collections Maria Grazia Chiuri and contemporary women artists and curators.
In this episode, series host Katy Hessel, a London-based curator, writer and art historian, speaks to Vicki Noble, the iconic and trailblazing proponent of shamanic feminism, the Goddess Movement and the second-wave feminism of the 1970s.
For the Dior Cruise 2018 collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri was inspired to collaborate with Noble on an exquisite and mystical series of clothing, accessories and jewelry based on the groundbreaking Motherpeace Tarot cards which she created with Karen Vogel in Berkeley, California in the 1970s. The captivating results were subsequently debuted in a selection of dedicated pop-up stores around the world that had been specially decorated with paintings and hangings featuring arcana from the deck such as ‘The Wheel of Fortune’, ‘The High Priestess’ and ‘The Sun’.
Vicki Noble was born in Iowa in 1947 but moved to Berkeley, then the epicenter of the hippy and feminist movements, in 1976, where she met her future collaborator Vogel. Together they created the Motherpeace Tarot deck of cards after being inspired by the contemporary Goddess Movement and the vibrant, radical feminism of the era. In this critical period of feminist development, visual art was extremely important and Noble was a crucial figure in the drive to weave links between the new progressive politics, the occult, mysticism and creativity.
In this new episode of Dior Talks we speak to Noble about her extraordinary, surprising and avant-garde career, and about the famous deck of cards which has never been out of production since it was created over four decades ago and which has inspired generations of feminists worldwide.
Discover a selection of works:
Vicki Noble, Karen Vogel, The Motherpeace Tarot, 1978https://books.google.fr/books?id=UWsKAAAACAAJ&dq=vicki+noble&hl=fr&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjOx7zYl-3oAhWQ4IUKHR7wBwsQ6AEIZzAG
Vicki Noble, Shakti Woman : Feeling our Fire, Healing our World, 1991https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062281470/shakti-woman/
An interview with Vicki Noble, Dior Resort Show, 2017 https://fr-fr.facebook.com/Dior/videos/1356667151054613/
Marija Gimbutas, The Language of the Goddess : Unearthing the Hidden Symbols of Western Civilization, 1989 ttps://books.google.fr/books/about/The_Language_of_the_Goddess.html?id=WTmVQgAACAAJ&redir_esc=y