The magnificent couture gowns sent down the runway by John Galliano for Dior yesterday had more than a slight flavour of geisha, as models with...

The magnificent couture gowns sent down the runway by John Galliano for Dior yesterday had more than a slight flavour of geisha, as models with perfectly painted white faces were swathed in folds of rich fabrics and exotic colours in outfits intricately constructed of origami pleats, kimono jackets, obi belts, and Hokusai-inspired prints. The highly extravagant and elaborate outfits showed that the skills of couture are still very much alive, and demanded poise and grace from the models.

After a decade in his role at the most famous of fashion houses, Galliano is celebrating with a collection that clearly forgoes commercialism to return to the sumptuous ideals of couture, and harks back to the label's New Look origins. Nipped-in waists, stiffened fabrics and pleated trains all made for elegantly beautiful ensembles which could well be imagined at a lavishly decadant ball. Unfortunately not a situation that often arises in the 21st century, but luckily that didn't stop the fashion house from setting their design doyen free to excite us once again.

READ THIS ARTICLE FOR $15
$15 provides access to this article and every case-study, interview, and analysis piece that we publish for the next 30 days. Our Premium Subscription also provides access to a database of over 100,000 articles on innovation in brand, customer, and retail experience.
Already a subscriber? Log in