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A shimmering night in Dubai as Dior shows its haute couture

Under a large circus-style tent, Dior showcased its latest haute couture collection to a crowd of Mideast-based fashionistas, social media figures, celebrities, buyers, designers and editors on Monday.

It was the first show in Dubai for the French fashion house, which initially presented the Spring-Summer 2019 haute couture collection in Paris in January.

Dubai's exuberant displays of luxury and the city's surreal, futuristic-looking skyline were the ideal backdrop to the show, which included 15 new creations.

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

Creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri was on hand at the show, which took place in a park.

The wealthy Dubai crowd was wowed as models wearing chic sequined helmets and pieces inspired by Chiuri's imagination associated with the circus, a nod to Dior's history with the big top.

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

Models wear creations for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

A model wears a creation for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

Onlookers take photographs of models wearing creations for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri stands with models wearing creations for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

Designer Maria Grazia Chiuri accepts applause during a show featuring models wearing creations for the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection presented in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)

Two Emirati men in traditional dress find their seats before the presentation of the Dior SpringSummer 2019 Haute Couture fashion collection in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, March 18, 2019. (AP PhotoJon Gambrell)