Galliano brushes up on haute couture
The designer John Galliano can always be relied upon to dream up some of the catwalk's biggest and most beautiful dresses.
His latest collections for Dior, shown yesterday at the opening of Paris Haute Couture Week, were no exception.
Inspired by the fashion illustrator Rene Gruau, who was close to Dior, Galliano said he was interested in the artist's elegant brush stroke and sophisticated play between light and shade.
That is not to say that this was a monochromatic affair. Far from it, as our pictures show. But, haute couture being haute couture, only very few women are ever likely to own any of these dresses. This is the jewel in the crown of French fashion, where every garment is hand-fitted, sewn and embroidered by the world's most accomplished craftsmen in ateliers that have changed little for the past century and more.
On this subject of prices the houses remain tight-lipped, although it is acknowledged that a tailored jacket starts at around €12,000.
For some of the more elaborate pieces, a six-figure sum is not unusual.