Dior honors 16th-century muse at baroque-themed Paris show


Dior’s Paris Fashion Week show

At their Paris Fashion Week show this year, Dior showcased their Spring 2023 Ready-to-Wear collection inspired by their muse of the season, Catherine de’ Medici, the only woman who ruled France.

Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s creative director, stated that to her, Medici was the first figure to truly understand the influence fashion holds in representing a role. According to interviews held backstage, Chiuri mentioned that fashion as a demonstration of power was foreign to her as she had been taught to think of fashion as a way of embracing freedom. 

To match the show’s Renaissance theme, high boots with baroque-curved heels, crinolines, hooped skirts, rich layers of lace fastened with satin ribbons, and other renaissance-inspired pieces were presented on the catwalk. 

“I think the collection is beautiful,” Sophia Lim (10), fashion enthusiast, said. “I watched the show online through the official Paris Fashion Week site, and I was mesmerized by all of the different pieces. It was very evident that each piece was designed with immense effort and thought. I really enjoyed the way Dior conveyed Medici’s unique take on representation of feminine power through their collection.”