Dior has announced that it will stage its Cruise 2019 show at the historic Grandes Écuries du Domaine de Chantilly in Paris. This piece of news comes just as the fashion set gears up for another round of shows that will take them to various exotic locales—except the upcoming season will see most of the presentations staged in France. Gucci, for example, will be organising its presentation in the ancient cemetery of Alyscamps, Arles, while Louis Vuitton will move to the south of France for its own staging. Prada, the latest entrant on the Cruise schedule, will decamp from Milan to New York for a special show.
Under the charge of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s decision to move the Cruise 2019 show to the Grandes Écuries is one motivated by the monument’s links to the House. An equestrian “palace” constructed in the 18th century for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, the 7th prince of Condé, the grandeur of this royal stable has been evoked in past Dior creations. A 1947 evening dress by the Maison’s eponymous founder was christened Chantilly, as did his final fall/winter collection in 1957.