PARIS, July 5 (Reuters) – French fashion house Christian Dior kicked off Paris Fashion Week on Monday with an in-person show drawing celebrities to the front row in an attempt to rekindle a touch of pre-pandemic glamor.

Actresses Jessica Chastain, Cara Delevingne, Monica Bellucci and Florence Pugh were among the small crowd that paraded the catwalk for Dior’s Fall / Winter 2021-2022 haute couture collection.

“I’m just really happy to be in a room with people and watch some amazing plays,” Chastain said after the show, which she said was her first public event since the pandemic.

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri told Reuters she wanted fabrics to be front and center. An audience in the room might appreciate the detail and tactile nature of the fabric in a way that is not seen online or in video footage.

Tweed ensembles, from jackets to hats resembling riding helmets, took center stage in a patchwork of muted tones.

The models showed plant prints on a velvet and satin coat. For evening looks, there were long skirts embroidered with feathers and sheer pleated long dresses in silk gauze.

In recent months, fashion brands have showcased their collections in online-only formats, such as shorts.

With the progression of vaccinations and the release of blockages, fashion is tiptoeing back to traditional parades, for the moment mixing live audiences and online presentations.

“We’re all very emotional,” Chiuri said.

“There are so many people working on the collection. We were happy to make some great films but it was just a little impersonal. [Everyone] is really proud to see the show, to be backstage, to live the moment with our clients, the press, our friends. In a year and a half, we have lost a lot of these human contacts, ”she said.

Dior, owned by LVMH (LVMH.PA), organized the show in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris inside a temporary structure covered with embroidery designed by French artist Eva Jospin and made by Indian craftswomen.

Paris Fashion Week runs until July 8.

Report by Laetitia Volga; Editing by Christian Lowe and Giles Elgood

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