Christian Dior Cruise 2017, Blenheim Palace
Christian Dior depends more religiously than others on the narrative of its past, and it does have a history with Blenheim.
Blenheim Palace in the Oxfordshire countryside is the amazing site where the resort collection 2017 was presented yesterday.
Two charity Christian Dior shows were held in the ’50s in the vast, golden-hued country house built by the architect Sir John Vanbrugh as a gift to John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, in the early 18th century. They were haute couture shows, both held in the presence of Princess Margaret, the Queen’s naughtier and more fashionable sister, who was a Dior customer.
The first, in 1954, was designed by Christian Dior, the second, in 1958, by Yves Saint Laurent, who took over immediately after his death. The third, in 2016, was designed by Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux. Only, of course, theirs wasn’t a couture collection but a Resort show—the interim season that has somehow become the mega-competition ground between the fashion power brands that are now engaged in a new war of location one-upmanship.
Here are our favorites looks from the collection. What do you think?
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