Maria Grazia Chiuri opens up room for creative imagination with Dior's Spring season inspired by Catherine de Medici.

October 5, 2022

For this Christian Dior Spring 2023 RTW collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri uses the image of a map of Paris from the House’s archives, printed on a scarf and structured around the Avenue Montaigne.

Then comes the Tuileries Garden, which was commissioned by Catherine de Medici. An Italian who arrived at the French court in 1533, this noblewoman remains a figure emblematic of the relationship between women and power, and fascinates Maria Grazia Chiuri because of her political intelligence, but also the innovations she launched, such as heels, the corset, and Burano lace, introduced to the royal manufactures.

Maria Grazia Chiuri updates the corset by giving it a quasi-geometric shape that frames the bust. Thus, the guêpière, sometimes hidden, sometimes visible, outlines a silhouette reminiscent of the wide skirts worn at the court of Catherine de Medici. An ancestral tradition, raffia coats with floral and bird motifs, that is also revisited with Dior’s creativity and contemporary expertise.

This collection pays homage to fashion as an art of invention, able to redefine the city of Paris over and over again, each and every time, allowing the multiple facets of its history to live on. Fashion as an urban concept, a showcase of clothes that color the spaces of our time; the city as a backdrop for the material and immaterial imagination of fashion and beyond.

With names including Romee Strijd, Joseph Quinn, Lena Mahfouf, Camille Cottin and Ramla Ali, learn what some of the special guests had to say about their Dior Spring-Summer 2023 by Maria Grazia Chiuri show experience.


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