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2022-2023 Fall-Winter Haute Couture: the epitome of art craftsmanship

Paris celebrated Haute Couture with euphoria. The ultimate fashion momentum which takes place twice a year continued to showcase exceptional creative work, both by designers and craftsmen, sometimes pushing the envelope over and beyond, according to designers.

Chanel's Winter 2022/2023 Haute Couture show at the Paris Stirrup in the Bois de Boulogne (Chanel)
A look from Dior's Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 collection (Dior)

At Dior, Maria Grazia Chiuri has, as often, surrounded herself with female artists for her scenography purposes. The 2022 Spring - Summer couture collection presented last January featured the designer’s collaboration with 380 female students from the Chanakya School of Crafts in Bombay to create the scenery. This season, the Tree of Life by Ukrainian artist Olesia Trofymenko was the starting point of the 2022-2023 fall-winter couture collection. The 68 silhouettes revealed an intricate work by the ateliers and bridges between paining and embroidery. Maria Grazia Chiuri enjoys contemplating fashion through the lens of art by building connections between people.

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The 68 silhouettes reveal the meticulous work of the workshops, highlighting the link between painting and embroidery (Dior / Laura Sciacovelli)

Needlework is created from cotton yarn, silk thread or rope, a simple embroidery with no adornments or gimmicks. No color, just ecru, white, black and a bit of red. Long and light dresses made of silk mousseline and cotton-embroidered trench-coats dress airy bodies. The Italian-born dialogues with shapes and fabrics, reinterprets the New Look silhouette, the iconic Bar jacket is adorned with a vertically smocked fabric. We know that Dior fashion shows have become efficient to convey active feminism. Indeed, Maria Grazia Chiuri wore in the Rodin Museum garden’s “white cube” on Tuesday her famous t-shirt that reads “We should all be feminist” created for her first Dior collection in 2017.

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