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Dior is inspired by the Baroque for its show at Paris Fashion Week

Dior is inspired by the Baroque for its show at Paris Fashion Week

The Dior designer drew her inspiration from a strong compatriot in history: Catherine de Medici. Maria Grazia Chiuri has seized upon the hoop skirts, corsets and other platform shoes in vogue during the sovereign’s time. She integrated them into a modern line for the brand’s spring-summer 2023 collection.


I think she was the first to understand the power of fashion,” Maria Grazia Chiuri said in an interview with Reuters, recalling how the 16th-century queen of France introduced platform heels to enhance her petite stature.


Catherine de Medici also introduced embroidery to the French court, the designer pointed out, including three-dimensional raffia flowers and delicate lace lingerie in the collection – while slipping in modern details, using technical fabrics for crinoline skirts and leaving breasts exposed for many looks.


Models clad in wide, bell-shaped hoop skirts, lace shorts and long black coats covered in embroidered flowers, for example, walked the runway in Paris yesterday, Tuesday, in a cave sculpted from layers of cardboard. Built by the artist Eva Jospin, it was enthroned in the center of a temporary structure installed in the Tuileries garden.


The idea was to create a “baroque feast in a contemporary way” said Chiuri.


The crowd gathered outside under umbrellas, trying to catch a glimpse of the arriving celebrities, including K-Pop star Jisoo, but also Natalie Portman and Maggie Gyllenhaal.


The LVMH-owned brand marked the second day of the ready-to-wear shows at Paris Fashion Week, which runs until October 4.

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Featured photo : © Laura Sciacovelli for Dior

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