For spring 2019 Dior's couture collection went under the big top bringing its jaw-dropping runway show to Dubai. Drawing inspiration from the circus, a theme that both Christian Dior himself and past Dior creative director John Galliano sought influence from, Italian designer Maria Grazia Chiuri followed suit by parading ruffled clown collars, beautiful brocade jackets and ringmaster trousers down the runway.
It is a theme that, in the wrong hands, could quite easily trip and tumble into the realms of ‘gimmick’ and ‘costume’. But, thanks to the extraordinary talents of Chiuri - the first woman to lead legendary French label Dior - each look trod elegantly in their dedicated tightrope-walkers slippers along that oh-so-covetable line of high-fashion majesty.
Chiuri’s beloved symbols of feminism were present throughout the collection of knit tops, flared skirts, wonderfully wearable tuxedo suiting and red carpet-ready metallic pleated gowns. Meanwhile, modern influences such as Cindy Sherman's work on clowns injected an ultra-contemporary feel with acrobat headpieces refined into sleek silhouettes with muted and sophisticated colour palettes.
Keeping her focus as ever on female artists and creators, Chiuri called upon the Mimbre all-female circus to perform incredible feats of strength during the show. The space at Zabeel Park was transformed into a literal circus ring, complete with a tent lined with strings of lights, a rainbow-tile runway setting the stage for the new ‘Greatest Show’ in town.
Below, our exclusive Dior Couture shoot from the April 2019 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Arabia
Photography: Mann at Things by People
Styling: Gemma Deeks
Art Direction: Jolie Wernette-Horn
Make-up: Peter Philips for Dior Beauty
Hair: Guido Palau for Dior
Models: Ruth Bell at Elite, Rachelle Harris at Premium, Marchel Marx at Supreme, Alina Bolotina at IMG, Carolina Burgin at Elite, Mick Estelle at Women, McKenna Hellam at IMG, Nikki Vonsee at Viva, Naomi Chin Wing at IMG, Lucan Gillispie at Oui