It was as if John Galliano had traveled back in time for the inspiration for this season, as he filled the runway with an opulent retro glamor spectacle. With every collection Galliano designs under the house of Christian Dior, he takes his audience to a new level. The Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture show was a collection Parisian pin-up princesses and watching the models walk the runway was thrilling.
John Galliano’s inspiration for this gift to the industry was the legendary fashion illustrator René Gruau. In the forties and fifties Gruau was THE fashion illustrator who captured and created the iconic imagery that has helped make Dior mythical. Before photography and Photoshop made the scene, fashion relied on illustrators with unique and immense talent (like Gruar) to capture the beauty of clothing. This was Galliano’s salute to this master of illustration.
Personally I felt that this collection had such a mature elegance, and yet it encapsulated a sense of playfulness. The soft, flowing silhouettes united with rough edges of the cuts almost seemed to marry two different types of women into one garment, a vixen and a goddess.
I sat on the edge of my seat waiting for the next look, barely able to blink for fear that I might miss something. The bursts of deep blues, reds, pinks and greens mixed in with more quiet colors kept the collection exciting.
The structure of each garment was executed flawlessly, and each piece took on a life of it’s own. The way the bottoms of some gowns and skirts grew in volume, gave a light frivolous feeling …It was as though fabulous, fashionable clouds had been plucked out of the sky and molded into something more spectacular.
Unlike the majority of modern fashion collection this season’s Dior has the ability to flatter a wide spectrum of body types. This was the perfect collection to help women achieve the coveted hourglass figure, as seen by the way that the jackets and tops hugged and framed the waist, and the skirts (pencil or not) emphasized the hips.
It seems that every time I sit down to watch a Dior show I feel as though I am being taken to a world of imagination and make-believe. I am child, and this fashion world is my candy store…Galliano’s collection for the Dior Haute Couture made me never want to come home.