This week, Christian Dior turned the gardens of the Musée Rodin in Paris into an old-school Big Top, complete with strings of vintage light bulbs and acrobats dressed in black and white outfits reminiscent of the French pantomime character Pierrot.
With everything from sheer dresses patterned with clown-like red polka dots to cropped navy ringmaster suits, Dior Artistic Director Maria Grazia Chiuri really stuck to the circus theme, down to the sad clown eye makeup worn by all the models. Though necessarily wonkier than Chiuri’s previous shows, the designer’s mastery of structure and understanding of fabrics came through crystal clear in the 2019 Haute Couture Spring/Summer collection.
This isn’t the first time Chiuri has used dancers on the runway. Just last September, she sprinkled ballerinas in amongst models in a ballet-inspired show. So who knows? By fall, the Dior runway might start looking a little like a Taylor Swift music video.