There is no such thing as “too extra” when Haute Couture season rolls around each year, so when Dior’s held its autumn/winter 2019 Dior Couture show, the brand brought its House of Dior to life—literally.
Set against a floral backdrop at 30 Avenue Montaigne, the luxury house’s design atelier in Paris, the show opened with a model walking out in a white toga and t-shirt that read, “Are clothes modern?” before an army of models followed suit in dark gladiator-esque gowns in varying lengths. The collection followed a dark, spooky old vs. new school theme that had every kind of dress you would need if you wanted to show up and show out at an ex’s funeral. Dresses were mostly black—save for a few looks in beige, oxblood, and silver—and designed in floaty and voluminous fabrics that featured a cinched waist to outline the female form.
Leaning into the modern theme, Dior designer and creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri paired the ancient Roman-inpsired looks with fishnet stockings for a grunge, ’80s party vibe. But it was the closing look that had everyone talking. One model walked down the runway in a gold box that appeared to be a replica of Dior’s Paris maison. Underneath the gold Dior house, the model’s body was covered by a mesh body stocking and fishnet veil.
Dior’s couture show paid homage to caryatids— sculpted female figures that provides architectural support—and a “metaphorical illustration of the supporting role women play, both in architecture and society,” the brand wrote on Instagram.