Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri unveiled a fairytale-like debut haute couture collection for French fashion house Christian Dior on Monday 23rd January 2017, presenting flowing flowery dresses, capes and plenty of intricate craftsmanship.

Amid a lush garden setting at the French capital’s Rodin museum, models opened the show in Dior’s signature Bar jackets in black, re-invented into capes with hoods and worn with lace tops, pleated skirts and wide-leg ankle-length trousers.

I don’t want to lose the idea of dreaming,” the designer said, in a preview at Dior headquarters. “But I do want to make it possible for couture to be wearable.”

Unlike the sleek, modernist designs of her predecessor, Raf Simons, Chiuri’s collection edged into the romantic and whimsical, with semi-sheer dresses, floating pastel skirts, and feathered, Stephen Jones designed headpieces that evoked woodland goddesses.

Flower embroidery adorned the tulle and organza dresses, some of them strapless, others with spaghetti straps, as did a variety of tarot symbols as well as stars. The princess-style gowns came in ruffled layered styles or with intricate lace decorations and are so breathtakingly beautiful, it’s enough to make every girl dream.

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