Spring 2019 Haute Couture: Dior's Glittering Circus

Dior erected a circus big tent in the garden of the Musée Rodin, decked out its inside with hundreds of fairy lights, and invited an all-female troupe of acrobatic performers, Mimbre, to perform while the catwalk presentation was taking place.

DIOR Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri proved a deft ringmaster who could mix whimsical Pierrot-like outfits with red-carpet-worthy gowns. After the show, Thai actress Araya Alberta Hargate, a regular on the red carpet at Cannes, told Couturenotebook she felt it was Chiuri’s best show. “I like a bit of bling, and it had a little bit more of that,” she said, referring to Chiuri’s offering of fluid metallic plisse and gold lame pleated dresses and a short ruffled dress sparkling with circus animal sequin embroidery.