The recent Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris, France was an absolute vision. Surrealist imagery and symbolism was in every detail of the expertly crafted designs – as were eye-catching face masks and inky black eyeliner looks.
“The history of haute couture is intimately linked with the history of modern art. The couturier is an artist unto himself and the word ‘atelier’ designates equally the studio of an artist or that of a designer. But any artist’s true ‘studio’ is his or her spirit,” the brand shared on their runway show’s page following the show. “It’s in this dimension, located somewhere between dream and reality, or imagination and realization, that Maria Grazia Chiuri, the Artistic Director of the House’s women’s collections, pursues her research and explorations.”
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From a dense sprinkling of embroidered eyes creating a captivating pattern across a dress to a tumbling trompe-l'oeil of colorful pages, the Haute Couture collection for Spring-Summer 2018 overflowed with the Surrealist refences that so inspired #MariaGraziaChiuri. Check out these four covetable evening dresses captured in the adrenalin-charged pre-show atmosphere backstage.⠀ #DiorCouture #PFW⠀ © @JasonLloydEvans
The theme of the fashion collection aligns well with the goals of French surrealism.
“Because haute couture is a dream of fashion. It’s a place where there are no limits to pushing boundaries and experimenting with technique, material and form,” Dior added. “Immersing herself in the heart of the Surrealist movement made it possible to bring a fresh breath of imagination to the spring-summer 2018 haute couture collection, conjuring an otherworldliness and constant optical illusion.”
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Optical illusions reigned supreme in the Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2018 collection designed by #MariaGraziaChiuri. In a graphic palette of black and white, puzzle-like piecing in cashmere meets mismatched stiff stripes in a Surrealist snapshot backstage before Monday's show. ⠀ #DiorCouture #PFW⠀ © @JasonLloydEvans⠀
Models wore graphic temporary tattoos on their hands and collarbones as they walked down the runway, which read French Surrealists phrases like”L’amour est toujours deviant vous. Aimes!” (“Love is always before you. Love!”) and “L’imaginaire est ce qui tend à devenir réel,” (“The imaginary is what tends to become real”).
Now, the brand is sharing stunning photographs snapped backstage at the venue, which share an even more magical look at what it was like creating this production.
To see behind-the-scenes photos from the Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 show, be sure to swipe through the gallery below.
To hear about the inspiration behind the bold makeup from this runway show, check out the video below.
Want to see the entire Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 show in action? Press play on the brand’s amazing catwalk recap video below!
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All photos via Dior