Dior celebrates couture craft, as maskless Delevingne irks

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Models wear creations for the Dior Spring-Summer 2022 Haute Couture fashion collection collection, in Paris, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — The atelier — the workshop of hands — took the Dior center stage on Monday for a refined show on the first day of Paris couture week, which aims to elevate the work of the house’s behind-the-scenes seamstresses.

The stars came out in droves to the Musee Rodin venue, including actress Rosamund Pike and “The Crown” star Claire Foy, who posed for cameras, exclaiming: “It’s beautiful. I’m in awe.”

Another VIP in attendance, model and actress Cara Delevingne, was criticized for not donning a mask.

Here are some highlights of Monday’s spring-summer 2022 couture collections:

DIOR CELEBRATES ITS CRAFT

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri wanted to show how the craft of the “petites main” seamstresses, many of whom have worked in the Dior atelier for decades, was equally important as the art or fashion itself.

This muse was a springboard for a sumptuous and archetypally couture display.

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