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The magic and poetry of the circus have long stimulated the imaginations of artists. Maria Grazia Chiuri drew inspiration from this fantastical world for the Dior Spring-Summer 2019 haute couture collection, presented under a majestic circus tent in the gardens of the Musée Rodin in Paris, featuring a performance by acrobats from the all-female circus company Mimbre.
Dior first featured the circus theme in 1950 when a television report on the Maison’s show at The Savoy in London was titled Dior ‘Circus’ Comes to Town.The theme later reappeared under John Galliano’s creative direction. The pieces that compose the Dior haute couture collection for Spring-Summer 2019 represent the magic and imagination associated with the circus through costumes, fashion and art.
Maria Grazia Chiuri superposed images to compose her own “parade”, comprising full and very light pants narrowing at the ankle, along with shorts paired with sheer white shirts accentuated with ruffs or ribbons that seem frayed with the passage of time. There were also leather corsets, sailor stripes and black jackets inspired by those worn by lion tamers. The geometric white clown outfit, spare or sumptuous, was reinterpreted through its materials, embroidery and proportions.
Already in the spotlight in the Dior Cruise 2019 Show, bestiary motifs were again one of the key details in the haute couture collection. Wild animals, horses and elephants were embroidered on items with rhinestones, along with the message “Dior Dream Parade”. For accessories, Maria Grazia Chiuri revisited the signature Dior veil over 1950s style bonnets adorned with rhinestones. Makeup was inspired by the character of the white clown, with the eyes of models defined with black liner for a sophisticated look.