Collection: Christian Dior
Season: Haute Couture Fall Winter 10/11
Designer: John Galliano
Was it perhaps a coincidence that John Galliano’s collection for the house of Dior featured tulip shaped skirts in a show setting that featured oversized flowers? Of course not, and they were delicious. Stephen Jones designed the plastic wrap head dresses, designed to look like the plastic wrap one associates with fresh flowers. Indeed, Galliano approached the idea of a woman living inside a flower, quite literally. This is the world he gives us every season, a world where we are free to fuel our dreams and to lose ourselves in fantasy. If life can be a playground (and it certainly can be in the decadent world of Haute Couture) then Mr. Galliano is the leader.
Flower petals could be seen as embroideries on coats and jackets, trims or adorning the new tulip shaped skirts. The color combinations were perhaps the most intense we have seen in womenswear for a while. Pinks and oranges danced with exotic greens and blues, among other tantalizing concoctions. A ruffled dress had the look of a photograph, but one of the strengths of the show was in the fact that Galliano stayed away from the expected frou frou that one might have expected for such a delicate theme. He approached it with his larger than life love and zest for extreme beauty. Then again, doesn’t he always?