Christian Dior uses zodiac signs and tarot symbols during a virtual Paris Haute Couture Week

Christian Dior dresses embellished with zodiac signs and tarot symbols created an air of mysticism and escapism as Paris’ Haute Couture Week launched its very first online display amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The yearly catwalk show, which was held in digital format this year, saw the brand’s models showcase a unique array of hand-stitched embroidery and golden gowns during a whimsical film set in a Tuscan castle.

Among the outfits on display was a golden dress decorated with images of scales and a scorpion, a floor-length hooded gown and a slick black suit.

Italian fashion designer and creative director at Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri, said her collection, which was filmed by director Matteo Garrone, was inspired by tarot cards – with many looks evoking a 15th century illuminated tarot deck known as the Visconti-Sforza. 

Models showcased gold dresses decorated with zodiac signs

The yearly fashion show was held online this year

 Paris’ Haute Couture Week, which was held online this year, saw an array of Christian Dior dresses embellished with zodiac signs and tarot symbols

The yearly fashion calendar saw elaborate hand-stitched outfits provide a touch of escapism inside a Tuscan castle

The yearly fashion calendar saw elaborate hand-stitched outfits provide a touch of escapism inside a Tuscan castle 

Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri used lame fabric with velvet to create her collection and said she was ken to exlpore the magic and solace tarot cards could offer amid the coronavirus pandemic

Dior designer Maria Grazia Chiuri used lame fabric with velvet to create her collection and said she was ken to exlpore the magic and solace tarot cards could offer amid the coronavirus pandemic

The hand-stitched outfits helped create an air of escapism

The outfits were displayed online this year

The hand-stitched outfits on display were inspired by tarot cards  which is a recurring motif and reference at Christian Dior

In order to create her outfits, the designer, who was appointed creative director of Dior in 2016, combined lame fabric with velvet. 

Chiuri said she had been keen to explore what magic and solace tarot cards -a recurring motif and reference at Dior- could offer nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘It can help you not to be afraid of something you don’t know, that’s so insecure,’ Chiuri said of the tarot references in an interview. 

The cards are often used for fortune telling, a theme explored in the Dior film, directed by Italy’s Matteo Garrone.

Luxury brands have had to transform the way they plan for collections with coronavirus restrictions, and Chiuri said Dior carried out fittings with Haute Couture clients over Zoom calls, orchestrating adjustments from afar.

Runway shows are usually an opportunity for fashion editors, bloggers and buyers to get a sense of the brands’ style up close.

Chiuri said Dior had forged ahead with its collection in order to give some of the industries that depend on fashion weeks a leg up too.

The outfits explored magic and mysticism

A model wears a creation by Christian Dior's Italian fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri during a fitting session

Models wear Christian Dior’s Italian fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri creations as they take part in Haute Couture Week in Paris

Chiuri (centre with models) said she used the tarot references to help encourage others 'not to be afraid of something you don't know'

Chiuri (centre with models) said she used the tarot references to help encourage others ‘not to be afraid of something you don’t know’

A model strikes a pose for the camera during Paris' Haute Couture Week

The looks were created by designer Maria Grazia Chiuri

The looks, some of which evoked a 15th century illuminated tarot deck known as the Visconti-Sforza, were created by Maria Grazia Chiuri

A model displays a hand-stitched outfit created for Dior

Chiuri said Dior now carried out fittings with Haute Couture clients over Zoom calls

While runway shows are usually an opportunity for fashion editors and bloggers to get a sense of the brand’s styles, Chiuri said Dior had forged ahead with its collection

Chiuri said she had been keen to explore the magic and solace tarot cards could offer nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic

Chiuri said she had been keen to explore the magic and solace tarot cards could offer nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic

A model displays an outfit made by Dior's Chiuri said.

A model displays a elaborate golden dress

The Christian Dior dresses combined lame fabric with velvet and referenced an array of astrological signs- with many looks evoking a 15th century illuminated tarot deck

The elaborate hand-stitched outfits were captured in a whimsical film set in a fairy-style Tuscan castle by Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone

The elaborate hand-stitched outfits were captured in a whimsical film set in a fairy-style Tuscan castle by Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone 

‘We tried to make the best of it for the supply chain too. We have to maintain the tradition of embroidery in Paris,’ Chiuri said. 

Top brands like Chanel are also due to present their Haute Couture ranges online. 

On Monday, Schiaparelli, whose Texan designer Daniel Roseberry dressed Lady Gaga for Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. President last week, showcased bejewelled gowns paired with oversized earrings and super-hero style dresses which appeared to give models sculpted abdominals. 

Maria Grazia Chiuri looks at one of her creations during a fitting session ahead of a Haute Couture collection presentation in a digital format in Paris

Maria Grazia Chiuri looks at one of her creations during a fitting session ahead of a Haute Couture collection presentation in a digital format in Paris

A team of employees wear personal protective equipment as they prepare an array of dresses for Dior's Haute Couture collection presentation

A team of employees wear personal protective equipment as they prepare an array of dresses for Dior’s Haute Couture collection presentation 

The yearly fashion show, which is usually held at venues across Paris, was held online this year amid the coronavirus pandemic

The yearly fashion show, which is usually held at venues across Paris, was held online this year amid the coronavirus pandemic 

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