Monday, January 24, 2011

COUTURE: Part 1 Christian Dior

Simply put, I love couture. I know fashion is just a trade, and is not to be referenced in the same sentence as art. But, there are a few collections every once in a while (most often during couture) where fashion may begin to attain the same level as art. I also know that some journalists, designers, and editors for that matter think couture is something of a by-gone age, which is extravagant and unnecessary. Exactly. That's what it is, but thats why its legendary and essential. First off....Christian Dior:
John Galliano is one my favorite designers. I tend to gravitate toward designers who are able to inspire fantasy through their creations. My style sense is more grown-up classical meets Parisian chic (or so I like to think) but I love Galliano's way of creating the eccentric; this season it was 1950's meets screen princess:

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Full of tulle, a long-lost femininity, with traces of his legendary origami tailoring sprinkled throughout. The colors were bold, expertly combined, and fantastic.

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Alas, though many of the dresses, while full of  imagination and elegance, will find few women who actually would want to wear them. The 1950's, famous for its curves and sexiness, resounded through this collection. However, many of the evening gowns were not something men (or women for that matter) find alluring. The big poofs and bubble-like shapes are better left on the runway and in one's imagination. Case in point:

 Christian Dior Spring 2011 Couture

All pictures from style.com





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