Suzi (k00kaburra) wrote,

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!

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