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09th July
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Inside the Haute Couture Ateliers: Embroideries 

Come with us as we go behind the scenes, to the ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne and the Vermont embroidery house, to meet petites mains who, a few days before the show, divulge the secrets behind the making of Look n°5 and its embroidered jacket. 

09th July
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Savoir-faire

The creations in the haute couture autumn-winter 2016-2017 collection presented last Monday encapsulated the savoir-faire possessed by the petites mains in the ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne.

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I wished my dresses to be “constructed”, molded to the curves of the female body to stylize its silhouette,” explained Christian Dior in his memoirs, adding: “I showed off the waist, the volume of the hips; I highlight the bust. To give my designs more presence, I've lined almost all the fabrics with percale or taffeta, restoring a long-abandoned tradition. In order to produce the creations designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux, which capture these similar enthusiasms of Monsieur Dior in a contemporary context, the petites mains in the haute couture ateliers succeeded in reinterpreting these guidelines. The fabrics were sculpted to lend volume while moving in a modern way: Corolle skirts in taffeta were without their traditional underskirt; jackets and dresses were given fullness not with padding but through the use of flounces and pleats. And then it was the turn of the skill and patience of the expert hands at the Vermont atelier to embroider these architectural silhouettes with the thousands of beads, sequins and glistening broad plate that form the foliage and flowers.  

08th July

Nomination

Today Christian Dior announces the arrival of Maria Grazia Chiuri as Artistic Director of women’s haute couture, ready-to- wear and accessory collections.
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A woman, for the first time in the house of Dior’s history, is welcomed as artistic director for the womenswear collections. “I measure the tremendous responsibility of being the first woman in charge of the creation in a house so deeply rooted in the pure expression of femininity, Maria Grazia Chiuri declares. The endless wealth of its heritage continues to be a constant source of inspiration for fashion and I cannot wait to express my own vision.”

Maria Grazia Chiuri is Italian. Her vision for women, both sensual and poetic, elegant and refined, modern and respectful of the past, enters in resonance with that of Monsieur Dior. Her expertise in couture and her passion for craftsmanship will rely on the exceptional expertise of the House’s ateliers.

Spring-Summer 2017 ready-to-wear will be the first Christian Dior collection designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, and will be presented in Paris on September 30th 2016.

07th July
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VIP

Monday afternoon, Marion Cotillard, Céline Dion, Natalia Vodianova, Li Bingbing, Amira Casar and a host of other glamorous names turned out at 30 Avenue Montaigne to attend the haute couture autumn-winter 2016 show. Check out our video to discover their thoughts before the show and their first reactions afterwards.

07th July

Accessories

Discover the details and inspirations of the accessories designed for the haute couture autumn-winter 2016 collection, shown at 30 Avenue Montaigne.

Balancing tradition with modernity, heritage with avant-garde, the accessories in this collection are a riot of contrasts. This idea is encapsulated by necklaces that, on one side, are a classic piece of rhinestone jewelry, and on the other a graphic composition of malachite, enamel and rutilated quartz. Or a necklace that reveals one rhinestone element repainted green using an airbrush to mimic malachite with its dark green striation, and a second composed of pompoms of hawk’s eye, rock crystal and rutilated quartz. This duality also comes through in the signet rings. Worn on the pinkie, as tradition dictates, these rings are tricked out with stones such as onyx and quartz. In their hair, the Dior women sport classic hair clips of oversized proportions. And finally, to complete the look, they wear airy sandals in velvet or decorated with mimosa embroidery that lace simply around the ankle.

07th July
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Materials

From organza to taffeta and silk chiffon, and embroideries of beads and sequins, we look at some of the materials and techniques that appeared in the haute couture autumn-winter 2016 collection.

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