Never one to disappoint, Dior kicked off Day 1 of Paris Fashion Week with a stunning runway dance performance.
The Spring 2019 show opened with a theatrical routine choreographed by Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal. As rose petals fell from the ceiling, the modern dance performance lasted the duration of the show, with dancers weaving in and out of models walking the runway in Dior’s latest collection.
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In a beautiful finale moment, a parade of models merged with the group of ballet dancers on the runway.
For spring, creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri was (obviously) inspired by dance, but more so, the movements of the body. Outside the show, the venue entrance was covered in enlarged quotes that inspired the designer’s vision for the collection. One by German dancer Pina Bausch read, “I’m not interested in how people move, I’m interested in what makes them move,” while another quote by Isadora Duncan read, “Dance is the movement of the universe concentrated in an individual.”
Those sentiments translated into a collection of dance-inspired pieces that seemed to flow from the body in an array of earthy muted tones. There were obvious references to dance—like leotards and lace-up ballerina-inspired shoes—and more subtle interpretations in the form of ethereal tulle gowns, some of which were done in feminine florals or lace.
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