John Galliano’s Christian Dior Women Haute Couture Spring/Summer Collection 2011 is a opulent throwback to ’40s and ’50s glamour and legendary fashion illustrator Rene Grau.
Before photography and Photoshop ever became synonymous with fashion, designers relied upon the skill and artistic sensibilities of illustrators to capture the beauty of their creations. One such illustrator during the 1940s and 1950s was the legendary Grau, who captured Dior’s creations in imagery that helped make it one of the most successful fashion marquees. This collection is Galliano’s salute to the era and prodigious illustrator.
Those who are familiar with John Galliano will know that the designer is as much a showman as he is a consummate designer. He does not fail to deliver with this Dior collection that possesses a mature, elevated glamour and elegance, erstwhile infused with an air of whimsy. The garments are marked by delicate, flowing silhouettes justapositioned with the tastefully rough edges of the cuts. This gives a sense of two sides to the woman who would wear Dior: simultaneously siren and goddess.
I confess that I simply couldn’t get enough of the magician, Galliano, whose muses strutted down the runway in bursts of reds, blues, pinks and greens partnered with subtler tones. The collection really showed Galliano’s skill, as the garments each possessed an identity of their own within the collective: some skirts gradually opened like champagne flutes, the bottom of some gowns mushroomed out voluminously, giving the garments an air of frivolity. It was as though clouds and cotton candy had been weaved and molded specifically for women’s delight.
Truly, the Christian Dior Women Haute Couture Spring/Summer Collection 2011 is nothing but superb.
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