“The circus is a magical place,” wrote Dior creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri in her show notes. “The imagination of many artists has been stimulated by the fascination for a world that is both wondrous and raw, poetic and and indispensable.”
For her couture spring/summer 2019 collection, the designer took inspiration from the “creative chaos” of the circus, combined with the work of artist Cindy Sherman and her focus on clowns. To help bring this vision to life, she enlisted the help of all-female circus company Mimbre, who animated the show with performances along the catwalk.
The acrobats, who were all dressed in matching black and white outfits, performed various stunts, tumbles and towers as the models weaved between them. Their performance was designed to “highlight the trust and bond between the acrobats’ bodies,” explained Chiuri.