Used in films like Spectre, Cinderella, The Libertine, and Orlando, Blenheim Palace is one of the most recognizable buildings in Britain. It was originally constructed as a gift from Queen Anne to John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, following his defeat of the French at the Battle of Blenheim in 1704. Three hundred years, 11 Dukes, and one Vanderbilt heiress later, Blenheim Palace is still in the hands of the Churchill family and on Tuesday, the UNESCO World Heritage site hosted Dior’s 2017 Cruise collection fashion show.
Dior has shown at Blenheim before—once in 1954 with Mr. Dior and once in 1958, when Yves Saint Laurent was at the helm. Though a new creative director has yet to take over from Raf Simons, Tuesday’s Cruise show was no less of an event, with key looks including a black smoking suit, puff sleeves, mismatching florals, and silk scarves woven into dresses and used as ties on coats.