French luxury fashion house Christian Dior took to the runway on Monday during the first day of Paris' Haute Couture week.
Dior decided to stage an in-person catwalk show for one of the most anticipated events of the season.
The fashion show was attended by several public figures and celebrities including Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and actresses Rosamund Pike, Madelaine Petsch, and Claire Foy.
Models walked down the catwalk in sparkles and tailoring designs, strapless dresses, and neat winter jackets
Designs included ecru cashmere capes, grey pleated ensembles, and long silk evening dresses cut low in the back. Rhinestone and pearl embroideries dominated the collection.
The embroideries were featured on ankle-length dresses, shimmering tights paired with glitter bodysuits, sleeveless jackets, and low-heel shoes.
The collection was presented at a temporary structure in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, featuring larger-than-life embroidered artworks from Indian artist couple Madhvi Parekh and Manu Parekh.
The exhibition of surreal pieces will remain in place for public viewing throughout the week.
Dior collaborated with the Chanakya School of Craft, based in Mumbai, for some of the silhouettes, including a top embroidered with silver ribbons and crystal tassels matched with an a-line skirt.
Maria Grazia Chiuri, Italian fashion designer and creative director at Christian Dior, wanted to promote a new generation of craftspeople through the collection.
"I think that to be a couture brand today, for Dior, means to support all this ability around the world and to promote and to maintain life because, with the COVID, the risk is it disappears," Chiuri said in an interview.
Fashion Week runs until Thursday, with runway shows from Chanel as well as Italian labels Fendi and Valentino due to show their collections in the coming days.