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26 January 2004 @ 03:58 pm
Spring 2004 Couture - Dior  
I should've posted my comments last week when this stuff was fresh and new. Oh well. Better late than never.

John Galliano for Christian Dior.

In a word...NO. Fabulously creative man? Yes! Absolutely! No one faults him for lack of talent!
But taste?
Taste seems to have been lost this spring. Galliano's line, which was bursting with his enthusiasm and creative efforts, was glitzy like a Vegas show. Everything was flashy and frivolous; none of it is clothing that could be worn practically. It is impressive, but ultimately useless. Besides, it strays so far from Dior's 'New Look' and his style that Galliano should've released it as his own private label, and used something truer to Dior's ideals for this.

Galliano, your 'sphinx' line is so tacky, it's fantastic. It started out with a fabulous gold gown

and is fantastically detailed. That's where Galliano's talent lies - his clothing is fascinating to examine up close. But part of fashion is also the silhouette, and how your creation will look from afar...and most of these gowns are monstrosities from far away.


But from the runway, beauty is reduced to this:
(Bear in mind that for the most part, these are the gowns I liked.)

First dress: It's like a pyramid, don't you think? The model's face looks great up close, but from here, she reminds me of the those great stone Ramses. Actually, that's pretty cool too. She doesn't look beautiful, but she is powerful, and that bodice is fabulous. I'm sure that off the runway the skirt's far saner, and it's probably a great dress.
Second: I like the mummy dress. Can't imagine wearing it, but I think Barbie could do the lobotomy patient look very well.
Third: I can't believe that none of the models' ears fell off. These scarab earrings look horribly heavy. They don't quite make the outfit, which is otherwise great.
Fourth: Eeeeew. What the hell is that? There are brown pompom balls - the kind you use in kindergarten to make caterpillars - stuck all over that thing.
Fifth: I just like the pattern on the skirt. I am frightened by the green jacket and whatever the hell is on her back...not to mention whatever Galliano did to these poor girls' hair.
Sixth: I like the many colors of tulle together. I wish I could get a better view of that bodice; but they only detail shot they give are for those god-awful scarab earrings. The eyeshadow matches the gloves, which match nothing else. Wonderful!
Mel: oh my! isabella!tragiceyes on January 26th, 2004 05:26 pm (UTC)
It's new to me! ^^;

well.... Galliano looks good.....>>;

Some elements in those look really nice... away from the other elements... << The shoes could be nice..... I can't quite tell, tho... ^^; I think I'd like 5 without the froump thing, the dress type thing looks nice and the green blazery thing might be neato.... I agree on 6, it looks really intersting....
...Such great Drag Queen-tastic make up.... XDD
moonlitglow on January 26th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
Erm...I adore everything Egyptian...but this is not. It is blasphemy. The only thing those outfits are missing is embalming fluid. :op

The man CAN create gorgeous garments. I think he's lost his marbles.
jeanniejeannietran on January 27th, 2004 12:17 am (UTC)
i think the pin stripe suit would look quite good on a woman; i like it.

Dior was never one of my favorite designers, and this is why.
Suzik00kaburra on January 27th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC)
Eh, this ain't Dior. This is Galliano at his silliest.
jeanniejeannietran on January 28th, 2004 12:09 am (UTC)
oh i know that's not Dior, i just like the suit... i meant i don't like Dior's designs usually and this Egyptian stuff isn't helping.
abnerpeacock on January 27th, 2004 11:22 am (UTC)
Pretty amazing. Couture is supposed to be outlandish, no?

Where do you get your show coverage? Do they have these photos on Style.com?
Suzik00kaburra on January 27th, 2004 12:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure what couture is supposed to be, since every designer takes it differently. All I know is that if Galliano expected to live off of orders from his shows, he'd fail miserably. But Dior's got perfumes and diffusion stuff out the door, so I'm sure they're fine either way and Galliano can exercise that creative muscle.

Yup, Style.com all the way. ^_^
so_crashed_in on January 27th, 2004 12:51 pm (UTC)
woah, i can't imagine wearing any of those...
but the #2 from the runway one is interesting...
but i hope that's not fur in #1. :o\
Leishu Lininu_ranma on January 27th, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
Boi wants that suit. ^_^
blackmage runs with daggers.ruien on January 28th, 2004 07:07 pm (UTC)
i love the first gown, the Pharoh one... and the pattern on the bodice to the "pyramid"...

fashion's funny. there's fashion you'd wear and fashion that's art. hmm i forgot what i was saying.