Today in Paris, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli showed their fall/winter haute couture line for Valentino. The collection, as a whole, was gorgeous, regal, sensual — ancient goddess-wear with a modern twist.

"We love the idea that the artists looked to the past to create something new," Chiuri said backstage. "That's what we try to do." Most of their dresses were modern takes on classical ideas: tunics, draping, Grecian accents, tapestry-esque fabrics and designs. Some looks, like the gorgeous pleated wrap minidresses, recalled ancient huntresses; others, monastic garb. There was also a great deal of sensuous ethereality — gowns reminiscent of something a Pre-Raphaelite nymph might slip on when she was done luring men into a bog (or, like, Rihanna's favorite new outfit, which is kind of the same thing).

Here's the collection in full (WARNING: there are a few fashion nipples ahead):

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