Close up: Christian Dior FW17 Couture

On the 70th anniversary of the house’s founding, Chiuri is speaking Christian Dior’s language. In the years following World War II, he travelled with his collections not just to California but to Tokyo, and to parts of South America, as well.

In a preview at Dior headquarters, Chiuri said a 1953 illustration by Albert Decaris depicting Monsieur Dior’s trips, uncovered in the company’s new state-of-the-art archives, pointed the way this season, as did the observation, published in his autobiography, that “a complete collection should address all types of women in all countries.” (