Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week has officially begun and if you’re not familiar with Haute Couture Fashion Week, it’s a biannual week-long event unique to Paris. Haute Couture pieces are made by hand and tailored for a single client, whereas Prêt-à-Porter (ready-to-wear) fashion is mass produced and available to a wide variety of consumers. Haute couture is the quintessence of high fashion and is an elaborate form of art, requiring the skills of ateliers and couturiers.
To kick off Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Haute Couture collection for Christian Dior centred around surrealism and brought the audience into a surrealist dreamworld with hypnotic patterns and optical illusions. Drawing inspiration from artist Leonor Fini, models donned monochromatic outfits and face masks on a checkered runway under sculptures of body parts hanging from the ceiling.
“Black and white is the color of the subconscious and I think when you dream, you dream in black and white, so I decided it would be great to make a collection in black and white,” says Chiuri, who also featured wispy gowns and capes strewn with feathers, and incorporated swirls and geometric patterns to create a dream-like feel.
Here’s a look at some more designs from the show:
All images from vogue.com