Maria Grazia Chiuri's First Dior Couture Collection Is a Woodland Fairy Wonderland


Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first ready-to-wear collection for Dior took the fashion world by surprise: it was sporty (logo mania! fencing outfits! denim!), feminist (t-shirts that quoted writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie proclaimed “We should all be feminists”), and princess-y in a twisted way (bodice gowns embroidered with bats and hearts). So what would her first go at couture look like?

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Less overtly feminist (no statement tees here) and more fairy tale, it would seem. Couture is all about fantasy, after all.

First, the set: a secret garden. The sculpture garden at the Musee Rodin had been transformed into a topiary maze—the runway lined with moss, the seats covered in vines, the walls made of bushes.

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The greenery was a hint of a pervading floral theme to come. The show notes reference a Christian Dior quote about flowers: “After women, flowers are the most divine of creations. They are so delicate and charming, but they must be used carefully.”

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Butterflies served as accessories:

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