Christian Dior SPRING 2020 READY-TO-WEAR

In Milan this season, the catwalks were awash in jungle imagery, with hovering fronds and glowering vines seemingly everywhere. Today at Christian Dior, which for many marks the beginning of Paris Fashion Week, the jungle became a forest—or perhaps an arbour—but of a strictly transitory stripe.

For her Spring 2020 show for the house, Maria Grazia Chiuri worked with the Paris-based environmental design collective Coloco, whose work regarding green spaces and urban regeneration she finds inspiring when thinking about sustainability. The “show trees” will soon be planted in projects around the city. And they are not solely European trees, Chiuri was quick to point out, as healthy gardens are, by design, heterogeneous. And so in the centre of the Dior runway lay the central analogy for the show: Respect for diversity and nature will set us free. (