John Galliano goes early 20th Century for Dior haute couture

January 26, 2010

British designer presented his haute couture collection for Christian Dior today during Paris Haute Couture.  The equestrian themed collection showcased precision tailored jackets in hunting pink jackets and English wool checks, paying an homage to British aristocracy.  Galliano also paid homage to the "Gibson Girl," considered the standard of beauty in the early 20th century for his evening wear.  The millionairess and style icon Millicent Rogers was also an inspiration.  Elaborately sculpted ball gowns in chocolate and amethyst, raspberry and claret and olive and petrol-blue were sent down the runway.

The short dresses were gorgeous concoctions that deserve their own accolades.  The white lace number with its ornate hat worn by Chanel Iman reminded me of an updated version of a gown I would see on My Fair Lady. I would be all over the bustiers, shirtwaist bodices and halter-neck dresses if I had cash to burn. These fantasy dresses are for the serious socialite who wants to make a statement. The Dior fall collection is haute couture at its finest.  Galliano himself got into the fantasy with his equestrian costume complete with a top hat and a whip.

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