Dior takes baroque-theme to catwalk for Paris Fashion Week

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PARIS, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri looked to the reign of Catherine de Medici and seized on the era’s hoop skirts, corsets and platform shoes, which she worked into a modern lineup for the label’s spring collection.

“I think she was the first that understood the power of fashion,” Chiuri told Reuters in an interview, describing how the 16th-century queen of France had introduced platform heels to raise her petite stature.

Models in wide, bell-shaped hoop skirts, lace shorts and long black coats covered in embroidered flowers paraded through an elaborate grotto structure, carved from layers of cardboard.

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Built by the artist Eva Jospin, it sat in the center of a temporary structure set up in the Tuileries gardens.

Crowds gathered outside under umbrellas, angling for a glimpse of the celebrity arrivals, which included K-Pop star Jisoo, Natalie Portman and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

The LVMH-owned label marked the second day of the ready-to-wear shows for Paris Fashion Week, which runs through Oct. 4.

De Medici introduced embroidery to the French court, noted Chiuri, who included three-dimensional flowers in raffia and delicate lace lingerie in the collection — while keeping things modern, using technical fabrics for crinoline skirts and leaving midriffs exposed for many of the looks.

The idea was to create a “baroque party in a contemporary way,” said Chiuri.

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Reporting by Mimosa Spencer; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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