Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 Haute Couture: Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrates female explorers at Dior

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A desire for faraway lands…traveling to discover the world and oneself, to feel emotion, grow and evolve. For her second haute couture season at Maison Dior, which fetes its 70th anniversary this year, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Artistic Director for women’s collections, presented an Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 collection that celebrates female explorers who set out to discover the world. 

For its Autumn-Winter 2017-2018 show in the Vauban courtyard of the Hôtel National des Invalides, Dior created an amazing garden inhabited by animals from five continents. At the heart of Maria Grazia Chiuri’s inspirations for her second haute couture collection were two finds from the Dior archives. The first was a 1953 etching by Albert Decaris retracing Dior’s expansion across five continents. The second was a quote from Monsieur Dior himself: A complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.” 

Taking this proposition to heart, Maria Grazia Chiuri proposes a journey that pays tribute to female explorers who pushed across frontiers both geographical and psychological. The silhouettes borrow from the masculine wardrobe as the peripatetic heroines wear menswear fabrics transformed on jackets, coats and blouses, sometimes worn over evening gowns.

With its complete femininity, the haute couture collection created by Maria Grazia Chiuri is an ode to freedom that transcends frontiers.