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Autumn-Winter 2017-18
Haute Couture show

July 03, 2017 - Paris -
2:30PM (GMT+02)

“I have purchased a map of Paris printed on a pocket handkerchief” —Karl Gutzkow

On one hand, there’s the 1953 Albert Decaris etching that turned up in the Dior archives, a map of the five continents that retraces the House’s expansion around the world. On the other, there’s the couturier’s assertion in his autobiography, Dior by Dior that “A complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.” This inspiration guided Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Artistic Director of women’s collections, in creating the Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 Haute Couture collection that celebrates the House’s 70th anniversary.

For Maria Grazia Chiuri, the atlas symbolizes a desire for faraway lands, the need to travel to discover the world and oneself, to feel emotion, grow and evolve. It evokes her own journey from Rome to Paris and her exploration of the Dior heritage. As restless as the first female explorers who crossed geographical and psychological borders, she is drawn to the heroine’s flair for borrowing elements from the masculine wardrobe and mixing them with ethnic pieces. Thanks to the designer’s sensitivity and new technologies, menswear fabrics are transformed into shimmering surfaces and chiaroscuro on jackets, coats, blouses and jumpsuits that recall aviator jackets and open into pleated culotte skirts. Meanwhile, the masculine fedora by Stephen Jones, the milliner who this year celebrates his 20th anniversary as Dior’s hat designer, is a nod to explorers such as Freya Stark.

The path taken in this homecoming becomes, for Maria Grazia Chiuri, a topography of emotions: colors, flowers and embroidered tarot cards themselves become atlases on capes and evening gowns in silk and tulle, in gray powdered with pink or nocturnal shades of velvet. This fairyland, an imaginary cartography that invents and challenges one’s point of view, recalls the monumental maps and globes of grand interiors, relaying the power of feminine literary roamings, sprinkled with explorations of culture and style.

Retracing the Earth and celestial sphere with poetic grâce, the decor was designed by artist Pietro Ruffo with whom Maria Grazia Chiuri shares a créative bond.

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Set Design

The Dior autumn-winter 2017-18 haute couture show took place this afternoon in the shadow of the ornately gilded soaring dome of the Hôtel National des Invalides in Paris. The outfits designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri were presented in a star-shaped amphitheater, specially conceived by the artist Pietro Ruffo.

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From Jennifer Lawrence to Céline Dion, discover the #StarsinDior at today’s #DiorCouture AW17-18 show.

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Discover the details and inspiration behind the accessories designed for the Autumn-Winter 2017-18 Haute Couture collection, presented at the Army Museum.

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Behind the scenes with the models, just before the start of the Autumn-Winter Haute Couture 2017-18 show. 

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Interview with Maria Grazia Chiuri

An interview with the Artistic Director of womenswear collections, Maria Grazia Chiuri, for the presentation of her second Dior haute couture collection.

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An exclusive look inside the House's haute couture ateliers, where the pieces from the collection were devised and created.

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Guests at the show, taken by Adam Katz Sinding upon their arrival at the Musée de l’Armée for the Autumn-Winter Haute Couture 2017-18 fashion show.

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For the House's autumn-winter haute couture 2017-18 show, Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, developed a Nude beauty look.

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Interview with Peter Philips

Discover the haute couture show makeup, conceived and discussed here by Peter Philips, the Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup. 

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360° Video

Watch the presentation of the Autumn-Winter Haute Couture 2017-18 collection as if you were sitting in the front row, exclusively on DiorTV.

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