Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week kicked off on 5 July with Maria Grazia Chiuri’s spectacular Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2021-2022 collection
On 5 July, the first day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled the Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2021-2022 collection at the Rodin Museum in Paris. Maria Grazia Chiuri returned to real-life presentations – previous collections were shown by film – in spectacular fashion, reclaiming the values of haute couture and reminding us of the reason why it is so adored.
Dior’s exceptional craftsmanship is evident throughout the collection as weaving and embroidery are a major component; textile artist Clare Hunter’s book Threads of Life was Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspiration for the collection. The intricacies of embroidery were echoed in the surroundings via life-sized artwork embroidered by Mumbai’s Chanakya & Chanakya School of Craft and installed by artist Eva Jospin, who titled the setting Chambre de Soie or The Silk Chamber.
Sumptuous fabrics meet tantalising textures with pleating, classic-with-a-twist tweed, hand-woven chains, airy drapery and plenty of the aforementioned embroidery leaving the audience awestruck. For Dior Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2021-2022, Maria Grazia Chiuri utilised subdued yet spectacular hues that were so dear to Monsieur Dior, including powder blue, nude, blush and moss green, the latter of which was used on the show’s closing piece: an ethereal bridal-style dress complete with a foliage-adorned veil and delicate feathers. Relive all the looks in the gallery above.
Images courtesy of Dior
- Words by Savanna Smith