FASHION

In Her Debut Dior Couture Show, Maria Grazia Chiuri Tells a Feminist Fairytale

Photographed by Isabel Martinez

Maria Grazia Chiuri made her Dior Couture debut this morning—her third collection since leaving Valentino to become creative director of the French house last July—with a wonderland that brought out the fairytale feeling of haute couture at its best. Chiuri, with the help of Bureau Betak, transformed the Musée Rodin in Paris into her version of an enchanted wood, complete with a moss-covered runway and twinkling lights. The clothes animated the setting: first came the wicked witches, cloaked in black, colonial-esque garb, followed by warrior princesses in floor-sweeping dresses. The gowns—some covered in floral embroidery, others in voluminous tulle—were rightfully the focal point of the collection, and will undoubtedly make another showing at the upcoming Academy Awards. Nearly every look was topped with a whimsical Stephen Jones–designed headpiece or crown of feathers, punctuating the otherworldly nature of the collection. In her first Dior show, Chiuri proclaimed, “Everyone Should Be A Feminist.” Here, there were no damsels in distress.

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