Tomorrow celebrities, influencers, V.I.Ps, stylists, editors, and other members of the fashion industry will descend upon the crowded streets and souks of Marrakech. The occasion? The Moroccan city is hosting Christian Dior’s Resort 2020 runway show, envisioned by creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri. It’s not the first time Dior has appeared in Morocco—the brand had an ongoing collaboration with the Casablanca-based atelier Joste during Monsieur Dior’s lifetime—but will mark the mason’s first full-scale runway show in Africa. The move to Morocco is keeping with the brand’s tradition of taking special collections on the road, too. From John Galliano’s famous Fall 1999 Couture show at Versailles to Raf Simons’s Resort 2016 production at the iconic Le Palais Bulles just outside of Cannes, there is a long history of Dior’s design heads packing up their collections and transporting them to dreamy locales both in and outside of France.
Some locations are rich in history, like the Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire that hosted the Resort 2017 show. It was there that Monsieur Dior once held a charity event and couture show in 1954, and later, where Yves Saint Laurent staged a couture show for the house in 1958. Despite these grand settings and other, more far-flung runway locations like Shanghai, tomorrow’s Marrakech spectacular is sure to be one of most stunning Dior destination shows of them all. Maria Grazia Chiuri is a master at creating fantastical worlds, like she did for Resort 2018 in the desert of California, that transport the audience both literally and figuratively. In celebration of Chiuri taking her latest Dior wares to Marrakech, here is a look back at 13 of the house’s most monumental destination runway shows.