Maria Grazia Chiuri introduced her new Dior woman back in the September at the S/S17 ready-to-wear shows to rapturous support from the fashion community worldwide, and last night, she unveiled her very first couture collection for the house.
Set in the Musée Rodin, the show packed a fantastically feminine punch with its ethereal, secret garden vibe. Models donned oversized floral and feather headpieces as they cascaded down the runway, enveloped in a sea of soft pleats, delicate ruffles and detailed motifs in hues ranging from pastels to punchy metallics. Maria reinvented the house's classic Bar Jacket, turning the iconic piece into a cape and pairing it with her interpretation of the New Look skirt (fun fact: it was actually culottes so they're here to stay for another season).
Straight after the show, fashion media was quick to applaud the designer for infusing a sense of modernity into otherwise fantastical couture. Whilst the pieces were visually spectacular and intricately and expertly detailed, there was an unexpected ease to them - as if they were made for the woman on the go. Much like her ready-to-wear collection, Maria's couture celebrated the feminine form, as well as our formidable strength. A timely message if ever there was one.
Click through the gallery above to see every enchanting look from last night's presentation.