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Maria Grazia Chiuri for Dior SS17: Darkly Dreaming

Luxurious gowns of floaty tulle next to stark Victorian silhouettes showed how female dreams of being the princess can also take a turn for a more practical, wearable embodiment at Dior. Maria Grazia Chiuri has the princess was slipping out of the palace for an assignation for her SS17 collection for the alelier. SEEN was very taken by a black, fitted jacket with a lined hood. The jacket flares out over a billowing black skirt that seemed positively theatrical if not fairytale.

Chiuri is the first female designer to work for Dior and this is her second show for them. Previous designers have rung rather different styles; Raf Simon’s was modernist; John Galliano was theatrical; Dior and Yves Saint Laurent were very traditional – something Chiuri echoes in the structuring of her designs, which will surely be making a huge showing at this year’s Oscars. Chiuri’s collection seems to be about the history of fashion at Dior as much as fashion itself.

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