Backstage at Christian Dior Resort 2019

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Screen Shot 2018-05-26 at 02.17.47Held in the rain-soaked hippodrome of Chantilly (a town known for delicate lace and sturdy equestrians), Maria Grazia Chiuri took inspiration for Christian Dior Resort 2019 from the escaramuza riders, extraordinary female rodeo riders from Mexico whom she first encountered in the photographs of Devin Doyle.

Polka dots and pleats, both signatures of the house of Dior, are elegant reminders of the haute couture pedigree. Toile de Jouy figures prominently in many of the looks: as a print, a jacquard, appliqué, embroidery, abstracted or painted on cotton, satin, silk, lace, even a Mackintosh. The use of toile de Jouy—in this instance a magical jungle scene—speaks to Chiuri’s love of representation, a trope of her work at Dior and previously for Valentino (with Pierpaolo Piccioli).

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Behind the scenes photographed by Jason Lloyd-Evans and Corey Tenold



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