It’s no secret that whenever Maria Grazia Chiuri works on a new collection, she will make an effort to highlight other women – be it the female seamstresses, set designers or historical figures that help bring the collection to life. Chiuri is, after all, Dior’s first female creative director in its close to eight-decade history. And she did exactly that for her Spring/Summer 2023 show, held last year in Paris.
Maria Grazia Chiuri also resurrected an archival Dior print of a map of Paris (above) in the collection
The Italian designer looked to fellow Italian-born noblewoman Catherine de Medici (she ruled as Queen of France from 1547 to 1559) as inspiration. Medici was recognised for donning heeled shoes, popularizing corsets and inventing an embroidery style called ‘punto madama’ – all of which Chiuri incorporated in the designs.
Among the stand-outs: lace-like bra tops paired with skirts that balloon at the hip, reminiscent of the ones worn in the French courts; platform boots with knee-high buckles that add an element of grunge; and raffia woven tops that one can easily mistake as lace.
Ahead, our selection of the best pieces from the outing to shop for.
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