Dior presents twelve exclusive haute couture silhouettes in Shanghai

Following in the footsteps of the Rodin Museum in Paris, which hosted Christian Dior's couture runway last January, it was Shanghai's Minsheng Art Museum that welcomed the label's spring/summer 2018 haute couture collection on Thursday. If Shanghai has thus become a recurrent destination for the Parisian couture house, the event was nonetheless a first for Maria Grazia Chiuri, who took over creative control of womenswear just under two years ago. 

Dior's spring/summer 2018 haute couture collection, presented in Shanghai - Dior

The womenswear creative director presented her full collection of surrealist silhouettes in a decor which appeared to be a kind of life-sized chessboard. 

In addition, she revealed twelve exclusive looks inspired by fans. This object, the epitome of grace and delicacy, already served as a source of inspiration for Christian Dior himself – as shown by the evening dress named Francis Poulenc, part of his spring/summer 1950 collection, which Chiuri reinterpreted in Shangai. 

In tribute to China, some pieces in the collection were also made in red, "a color that Monsieur Dior liked a lot. It's also a color that can be found in lacquerware, [...] which immediately evokes the timeless atmosphere of Imperial China", explained Maria Grazia Chiuri at the event, which was fully focused on the market of this country, crucial, now more than ever, in the luxury industry. 

Translated by Robin Driver

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