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10 Surreal, Unforgettable Photos From Paris Fashion Week

Surrealism was all over this season’s Paris Fashion Week. Designers in the City of Light, where long ago artists such as Breton, Magritte, and Man Ray mingled easily with the fashion crowd, honored the art form by showing spring collections with fantastical clothes and settings. Here are 10 we think Dalí would have appreciated—if not Instagrammed—if he were around today.

  1. Christian Dior
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    Christian Dior

    Designer Raf Simons stationed his delphinium-topped tent smack-dab in the middle of the Louvre’s Cour Carrée, showing sheer, scalloped dresses to a buzzy crowd that included Rihanna.

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  2. Kenzo
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    Kenzo

    Carol Lim and Humberto Leon’s set felt like a filmic, flimsy fantasy stage for a 1930s fashion photographer like Cecil Beaton, André Durst, or George Hoyningen-Huene. But instead of black and white, these arches were rendered in sunburst hues that complemented the collection’s eye-popping palette.

    Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

  3. Acne Studios
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    Acne Studios

    Jonny Johansson conjured up ’80s-era whimsy at Acne Studios.

    Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

  4. Vivienne Westwood
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    Vivienne Westwood

    Vivienne Westwood, always the provocateur, made her models into human coat hangers. Heavy-handed, certainly, but not as weighty as shuttling these jackets around on your own shoulders. A look best left on the runway.

    Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

  5. Rick Owens
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    Rick Owens

    Rick Owens always likes to turn the fashion world on its head (see his spring 2014 collection, in which a step team served as models). Here, he does it literally. As if this spectacle weren’t enough, it was carried out to the soundtrack from Exodus.

    Photographer: Francois G. Durand/WireImage

  6. Jacquemus
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    Jacquemus

    Simon Porte Jacquemus’s collection was called Le Nez Rouge (“The Red Nose”), but the designer closed the show by bringing out a white horse.

    Photographer: Victor Virgile/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

  7. Chanel
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    Chanel

    Yes, that’s a Chanel-branded airport terminal inside the Grand Palais, replete with Magritte-esque clouds. Even more surreal considering the heated protests carried out on Monday at Air France headquarters.

    Photographer: Catwalking/Getty Images

  8. Rochas
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    Rochas

    Less obvious but more literal, Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s collection was inspired by Salvador Dalí’s formidable wife, Gala—though the giraffe motif is purely his own.

    Photographer: Catwalking/Getty Images

  9. Comme des Garçons
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    Comme des Garçons

    Is it a flower? Is it a frock? Does it matter? When it comes to Rei Kawakubo, all that counts is the meaning behind the madness, and here the enigmatic designer gives us her interpretation of a “Blue Witch.”

    Photographer: Catwalking/Getty Images

  10. Yohji Yamamoto
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    Yohji Yamamoto

    If you aren’t familiar with Jack Vettriano’s 1992 painting The Singing Butler, you’ve never stayed in a hotel. But if you have, and if you also happened to be at Paris’s Hôtel de Ville for Yamamoto’s spring/summer 2016 show, the one-two punch of black umbrellas paired with eveningwear would have struck a familiar chord.

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