French couture house Christian Dior upended its regular catwalk present on Monday, presenting its intricate patterns on miniature mannequins in a twist brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Makes are getting to unveil their collections online and by movie as aspect of Haute Couture week in Paris, a showcase of high-end craftsmanship and a person-of-a-sort outfits, immediately after the shows generally attended by fashionistas from all over the earth ended up cancelled in the wake of the outbreak.

Dior’s robes ended up influenced by woman surrealist artists these types of as photographer Lee Miller and showcased intricate embroideries as properly as head-to-toe feathers in a person lilac appear.

The appears to be ended up fitted onto 37 little dressmaker’s mannequins, which will afterwards be dispatched to prime clients all over the earth, and ended up presented to the general public on Monday by a whimsical movie shot by ‘Gomorrah’ director Matteo Garrone.

“We made this project in a very specific instant of our life,” reported designer Maria Grazia Chiuri, who began functioning on the present remotely underneath lockdown in Rome, coordinating with seamstresses and output crew who ended up also at property.

The touring miniatures echoed a structure French couture houses past used in the course of World War Two to check out and preserve collections likely and attain shoppers.

Chiuri reported the label experienced sought to send out the information that “traditions ended up alive” in Paris.

“It’s a unique working experience. But I think it’s a lovely working experience,” Chiuri reported of functioning on the movie, which showcased nymphs and mermaids mesmerized by the couture robes.