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Spring-Summer 2017
Haute Couture show

23 January 2017 - Paris -
14H30 (GMT+01)

In the dark we will see clearly, my brothers.
In the labyrinth we will find the right way.
Henri Michaux

The labyrinth; irregular, almost impenetrable, like a secret garden. This is the image that inspired Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director of the women's collections for the house of Dior, for her first Haute Couture season. Fascinated by the myriad of interpretations to which this archetypal form has given rise over the ages, she perceived her adventure into the heart of the Dior world as being akin to entering a labyrinth, the way sprinkled with the flowers, plants and allegorical images that form part of the iconography of these places but which, at the same time, reference the imagination of Christian Dior who wrote of them: "After women, flowers are the most divine of creations. They are so delicate and charming, but they must be used carefully." The result is evening dresses in changeant and powdery colors (mauve, blue, pink, gray) which evoke the passing of the seasons and of life itself, and whose layers of tulle trap exquisite flowers, like those we preserve in our most prized herbariums. Claude Lalanne, for his part, imagined that the flowers, brambles, and butterflies of costume jewelry landed on bodies ready to spring to life. Memory is the driving force shaping a new story that rewrites the House's lexicon, translating it into shapes and cuts that are the imprint of the silhouettes, dreams and desires of today's women. Lace, for example, is cut out and remounted on organza, and pleated tulles in fairy tale hues are layered in compositions that are both ethereal and majestic. Stephen Jones’ hats and masks bring an aspect of gothic phantasmagoric with a punk edge. Maria Grazia Chiuri embraces the art of divination, transforming it to embellish her creations: embroidered stars stand out against gold-colored tulle, tarot symbols are hand-painted on the white panels of long dresses. This white can be found inside a black coat, and adds a further element to the feminine tuxedo. Reborn in a series of fresh interpretations, this typically masculine evening outfit becomes the defining piece of a contemporary take on femininity. The Bar jacket is deconstructed and reinvented, even as a cape. Pleated, roomy culottes have satin on the side, and the Domino coat an imposing black velvet hood. This voyage is guided by a desire for beauty, where losing oneself is a necessary step to challenging oneself and evolving. And so, for the finale, Maria Grazia Chiuri imagined a splendid ball straight out of a fairy tale. Liberating and unforgettable.

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The silhouettes

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Set Design

In the gardens of the Musée Rodin, a striking quantity of boxwood hedging, shrubs and bushes came together to make a modern maze.  Its twists and turns, spectacularly reflected in the mirrored ceiling, provided the moss-covered route along which the models in the haute couture spring-summer 2017 show walked.

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Backstage

Behind the scenes with the models, just before the start of the Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture show.

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Accessories

Discover the details and the inspiration behind the accessories designed for the Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture show, presented at the Rodin Museum.

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Celebrities

Eva Herzigová, Kirsten Dunst, Diane Kruger, Natalia Vodianova and a host of other House friends turned out in force for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first haute couture show for Dior.

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Metamorphosis

After playing host to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first haute couture show for Dior, the labyrinth constructed in the gardens of the Musée Rodin was transformed in a few short hours into a ballroom with a fantastical allure.

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Make-up

This season, the Dior woman is a beauty with a light and pure complexion. The finesse of the skin's texture is redefined in order to better highlight it, and the cheeks reshaped using a powdered pink shade. This beauty extends to the eye area which is illuminated with star-shaped spangles placed according to the model's personality; whether as a constellation on the cheekbones stretching up to the temples, or on the inner corner of the eyes or the center of the lower lid. The mouth is natural, smoothed first with Lip Sugar Scrub then lightly graced with Dior Addict Lacquer Stick applied in the middle of the lower lip. Nails are kept discreet with a Diorlisse Abricot base, and, lastly, the hair wavy, left long and free or carefully fastened in place. 

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Interview with Peter Philips

Discover the haute couture spring-summer 2017 beauty look, as explained by Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup. 

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Savoir Faire

The looks from the Spring-Summer 2017 Haute Couture collection, presented at the Rodin Museum in Paris, express all the expertise of the Dior workshops.

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