The Astonishing Numbers Behind the Making of Dior’s Haute Couture Set

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For Dior’s feminine, fantasy-driven Fall 2018 Couture outing, Maria Grazia Chiuri celebrated the craftsmanship of her talented team by placing the atelier itself front and center. In order to achieve her vision, the Creative Director created a backdrop that mimicked the vivid white interiors of Dior’s legendary atelier, with recessed walls that contained dress forms covered in toile versions of the looks in the collection alongside mirrored ceilings to reflect the incredible set from every prismatic angle possible.

Naturally, an undertaking of this size and scope takes an army of individuals to pull off. With only 18 days to prepare the entire set – from frame to tulle-fabric coated interior – it took a group of 200 people to build. In the astonishing time-lapse video above, you’re granted an exclusive look at how the 25×13 meter set came together with the use of 35 truckloads of wood, 3,000kg of concrete cladding, and 1,000 projectors built into the recessed walls that contained 294 mounted dressmaking mannequins.

Insights like these are rare, making it possible to understand just how much work goes into carrying off one of the biggest shows of the haute couture season in Paris. Take it all in through this video shared exclusively with Savoir Flair.

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