For Dior Fall Couture, Raf Simons Unearths a Garden of Earthly Delights

Inspired by Hieronymous Bosch's sixteenth-century painting, "The Garden of Earthly Delights," Simons's clothes alternatively evoked innocence and sin.
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Inspired by Hieronymous Bosch's sixteenth-century painting, "The Garden of Earthly Delights," Simons's clothes alternatively evoked innocence and sin.
The Dior Couture fall 2015 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

The Dior Couture fall 2015 collection. Photo: Imaxtree

If you're like us and are admiring the couture collections in Paris from afar (aka on Twitter and Instagram), a kaleidoscopic explosion of color and volume likely took over your feed around the time that the Dior Haute Couture show hit the runway on Monday afternoon. Inside a hand-painted, greenhouse-like structure in the garden of the Musée Rodin, Raf Simons presented his latest collection for the French label. With the famed painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymous Bosch serving as the season's inspiration, it's fitting that the show looked like a magical work of art come alive. 

Like Dior Couture collections past, the show was heavy on the florals, but it was the varied textures — which ran the gamut from chiffon to fur — as well as the intricate embroideries and dramatic shapes that had social media abuzz. Much like the painting it was inspired by, the fall line included looks that ranged from youthful and innocent to decidedly lustful. The airy, white silk dresses and full-skirted gowns that opened the show stood in stark contrast to the sexy looks that closed it: Models clutched their coats closed using one hand, and a series of sequined dresses were completely open on the sides, held together by barely-there bits of chain that left very little to the imagination.

While they less obviously tied into the theme, the sequined platform sandals that were shown with much of the collection were also popular Instagram fodder, and we imagine that Dior's celebrity fans — including Lupita Nyong'o, Emily Blunt and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, who were all in attendance — will be spotted in them sooner rather than later. 

See the full Dior Couture collection in the slideshow below.