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World-leading fashion house Christian Dior staged its Spring-Summer 2013 Haute Couture show recently in Shanghai, at No.5 on the Bund. It was Dior's first such show in China. The collection, designed by artistic director Raf Simons, truly showcased the concept, quality and essence of Parisian haute couture the brand is famous for. 

The history of the Dior is synonymous with the history of haute couture. Mr Dior launched his first Haute Couture Atelier collection in 1947, dedicated to capturing the charm and elegance of women. Every design and every dress illustrates the house's unrelenting commitment to details. Today, the Haute Couture Atelier remains devoted to freeing dreams and realising Mr Dior's desire to achieve sublime beauty and everlasting happiness for women.

For the Spring/Summer 2013 Haute Couture collection, Raf Simons focuses on the flux of the natural world tempered by human control and craftsmanship. The clothing and the women reflect the passing of time of the season, beginning as the signs of early life and blossoms from the winter ground to the full flower and blooming of mid-summer. Much of this sense is achieved through a concentration on the exquisite multi-layered flower embroidery that increases as the collection continues. It eventually builds to the full flower of the balloon-backed dresses, whose careful construction belies a seemingly organic shape, controlled by the supreme craft of the atelier. New fabrications also give a sense of dynamism and life with simple forms combine with complex constructions.

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