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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 Series, 2 of 6

Launched in 1999, his Saddle bag for Dior is an instant mega-best-seller. By 2003, as many as 125 versions will exist, from denim to crocodile.

John Galliano - Dior - saddle bag

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Hedi Slimane Series, 1 of 8

He has been called “the single most influential men’s designer this century.” Recall the skinny suit, which seemed to define the trajectory of men’s – and women’s – silhouettes in the new millennium? It was, by most accounts, Hedi Slimane’s invention.

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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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John Galliano

He won over the press: “Bravo!” is how Vogue hailed his 1997 Dior debut. Moneymakers like the 1999 Saddle handbag and 2001 J’Adore Dior T-shirt stoked the public’s craving for logos. Sales of ready-to-wear tripled.

Haute Couture Mind - Fashion Book - John Galliano - Jadore Dior T-shirt - Sarah Jessica Parker

John Galliano. Memorise and use. We are what we know.

 

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.

 

Toni Garrn

Discovered in 2006 aged just 13. Toni Garrn’s big break came when she was signed as a catwalk exclusive for Calvin Klein in 2008. With Vogue covers in Italy, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine, two for Vogue Mexico, four for Vogue Espana, and six in her native Germany – all before she was 21 – she is fast becoming one of the most popular cover girls of her generation, and has fronted campaigns for some of the industry’s biggest names, including Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Dior, Givenchy, Versace, Tommy Hilfiger and H&M.

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Victoria’s Secret – November 2013

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Dior Haute Couture | Spring 2014

In his fourth haute couture collection for Dior, Raf Simons took craftsmanship to new levels. Fabrics like organza and wool were delicately spliced for a peekaboo effect, which worked especially well on a navy silk dress that revealed a bit of flesh, as well as on a riff of the house’s iconic “bar” jacket, this time in white, that exposed bits of the navy jumpsuit underneath. Or another outstanding look, a simple white embroidered tank and A-line short skirt.

Haute Couture Mind - Dior Haute Couture - Spring 2014

Dior Haute Couture – Spring 2014

It looks like Raf Simons is not only the house’s creative director, but an important business mind behind the brand as well.

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