Behind the set: Bureau Betak’s vision for Dior’s Cour Carrée A/W 2016 show
Picking up from where the mirrored monument that held Dior’s latest haute couture show left off, the Musée du Louvre’s Cour Carrée was inhabited by another reflective box, this time inserted with three curvilinear piped runways for the maison’s A/W 2016 ready-to-wear show.
Produced by regular Dior set designers Bureau Betak, the spectacular temporary building covered 500 sq m, and took 300 people 18 days to assemble (and then another 11 to take down).
Inside the infinity mirage that bounced the old off the new, the show’s soundtrack also haggled with the notion of time, as Dior studio heads Lucie Meier and Serge Ruffieux shared the chief creative post until the hour comes that the house announces its newest creative director proper.
The set itself, with its three subway pipes, was perhaps intended as an analogy of the house’s past, present and future. The combination of a dominant rich rust-hue against each cylinder’s chrome reinforcements, however, gave off an intergalactic feel that sped towards Dior’s future.