Dior showcases 'miniature' couture collection in a short film as Paris Fashion Week goes online
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The first-ever online Paris fashion week clicks off with the world of runway shows thrown into an existential crisis by the coronavirus. Dior has replaced its usual runway show with a short film by Italian Director Matteo Garrone, showcasing a miniature collection.
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