Christian Dior

John Galliano Series, 5 of 6

A John Galliano show – whether for Christian Dior or his own collection – is guaranteed to be an over-the-top display of his imaginative vision. And the experience is not limited to the spectacular clothes sent down the runway, for nearly as delightful to witness are the intricately executed, masterfully thought-out ensembles Galliano wears for his final bows. One gets the sense that nearly as much work and planning goes into them as goes into the entire collection.

John Galliano - Dior - Spring 2007

John Galliano for Dior – Spring 2007

Throughout the years, he’s dressed as a matador, Edward Scissorhands, and even an astronaut. He’s never the same, but he’s always John.

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Hedi Slimane Series, 4 of 8

It was at Dior that Slimane found his signature. He earned a reputation designing stage wear for such pioneers of stylish androgyny as Mick Jagger and Daft Punk. “That’s one of the reasons Dior Homme was so popular,Courtney Love says. “First the power lesbians were wearing it. Then chicks like me started collecting it really fiendishly, almost like Prada cigarette pants.

Courtney Love - Hedi Slimane - 2008

Courtney Love photographed by Hedi Slimane – 2008

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John Galliano Series, 3 of 6

A John Galliano show – whether for Christian Dior or his own collection – is guaranteed to be an over-the-top display of his imaginative vision. Throughout the years, he’s dressed as a matador, Edward Scissorhands, and even an astronaut. He’s never the same, but he’s always John.

John Galliano - Dior - Spring 2006

John Galliano for Dior, Spring 2006

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John Galliano (1 of 6)

A John Galliano show – whether for Christian Dior or his own collection – is guaranteed to be an over-the-top display of his imaginative vision. And the experience is not limited to the spectacular clothes sent down the runway, for nearly as delightful to witness are the intricately executed, masterfully thought-out ensembles Galliano wears for his final bows. One gets the sense that nearly as much work and planning goes into them as goes into the entire collection.

John Galliano - Dior - Fall 2006

John Galliano – Dior – Fall 2006

Throughout the years, he’s dressed as a matador, Edward Scissorhands, and even an astronaut. He’s never the same, but he’s always John.

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Christian Dior…

… once said “Haute couture is like an orchestra, whose conductor is him. We, other couturiers, are the musicians and we follow the directions he gives.” Even the sharp tongue of Coco Chanel softened in deference to his skills: “He is a couturier in the truest sense of the word. Only he is capable of cutting material, assembling a creation, and sewing it by hand.”

This very influential couturier was …?

Haute Couture Mind - Fashion Book - Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga

Cristobal Balenciaga. We are what we know.

 

Balmain

Fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain. In 1954, when he was approaching the apogee of what would be a four-decade career, the French couturier was counted among the “Big Three” of Parisian fashion, along with Christian Dior and Jacques Fath. “A garment made by Pierre Balmain was the very quintessence of haute couture,” the Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once said. Oscar de la Renta led the house between 1993 and 2002.

Until 2011, the house was led by Christophe Decarnin, and in April 2011 it was announced that Decarnin was succeeded by Olivier Rousteing.

Balmain Collection, 2010, photographed by David Sims

    Balmain Collection, 2010, photographed by David Sims

 

Fashion Book - Fashion Designers - Olivier Rousteing - 2012

Olivier Rousteing – 2012

Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Spring 2014, ready-to-wear

Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Spring 2014, ready-to-wear

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