Christian Dior’s haute couture show is always the show that I wait most anxiously to see. John Galliano continually makes a theatrical production out of it, and the clothes are always a work of art by themselves.
However, this year the collection was literally based on art. Inspired by the illustrations of René Gruau, whose work was synonymous with the French fashion house from 1947 onwards, the elaborate creations had a distinctly painterly feel.
Indeed some of the clothes even had almost feather-like brushstrokes painted on them, while others featured cascading layers of feathered fabric.
I love how the clothes are so sculptural- the geometric 40s and 50s silhouettes, and the bubble-hem dresses. The varying lengths of the pleats reveal the contrasting colour of the dress lining beneath. So voluminous and dramatic!
The limited palette of vibrant red, black, teal and taupe also added to the drama, and a catwalk lit in the same colours set the scene.
I wonder what lucky actress will be wearing one of Galliano’s designs next month at the Oscars.