The man-made hill at the Christian Dior RTW Spring 2016 show.

To paraphrase Sir Francis Bacon: the mountain comes to Dior, Dior does not go to the mountain. In the case of Raf Simons’ spring show for Christian Dior, the proverbial mountain was a man-made hill built in the courtyard of the Louvre. Simons has been known to dazzle with his often floral-based sets, and this temporary urban bluff covered in 400,000 blue delphiniums was no wallflower. It required the hands of 100 people, working around the clock for three weeks to set it up for the show’s one-hour time slot. Then they got to work breaking it down over the course of 10 days.

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