If the ready-to-wear shows are about selling product, Paris’ haute couture shows, staged each year in January and July, are about selling the dream. This is where, season after season, the few designers working in this rarefied space erect their most elaborate sets and parade their most fantastical designs, while showing off the savoir faire of their ateliers.
In the age of coronavirus, and the restrictions around travel and gathering that come with it, world-building becomes more difficult — but not impossible. After all, last season, a number of designers found ways to awe through the computer screen alone.
Watch all the latest shows from the Spring-Summer 2021 season’s virtual Haute Couture Week below.
Top image caption: Runway finale for Iris van Herpen’s Spring-Summer 2021 collection, “Roots of Rebirth,” for Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week on January 25, 2021