Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture


Couture collections are generally where John Galliano shines his brightest, and Dior's spring 2011 show was certainly no exception.  The clothes were inspired by Rene Gruau, a fashion illustrator for Christian Dior in the 1940s and '50s.  The reflection of this era was most evident in the silhouettes, which were often "New Look," with cinched waists and hemlines falling directly below the knee.  While I found this collection to be a little less obvious in its theme than some of my recent favorite Dior moments (flowers or underthings, anyone?), it was one of the most technically stunning that I've ever seen.  An overlay of seven swaths of tulle was used on many of the pieces to create a watercolor effect similar to the works of Gruau.  Marabou also made a strong appearance, further adding to the drama and the opulence of the show.  I can only imagine that seeing the way these creations floated down the runway in real life was beyond spectacular.  Mr. Galliano has once again proved his place as one of the greatest couturiers of the twenty-first century.

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