PARIS (AFP) – Butterflies floating from a dress onto a video screen: Frank Sorbier reached for the high-tech future of haute couture in Paris on Wednesday with a visually-gorgeous retelling of a dark fairytale.

Sorbier took as his cue the 17th-century French fairytale Donkeyskin, about a widowed king set on marrying his own daughter, who escapes his clutches only by demanding a series of impossible gowns, the colour of the sky, moon or sun.

‘The idea was to tell a story. And this was a good place to start!’ the designer told AFP backstage.

For his avant-gardist autumn-winter collection, Sorbier cut just two dresses, a low-cut white ball gown worn on stage by his princess, and the sculptural black dress and pointed headdress of sorceress.