Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Work Of Art

Until this week, I didn't know that Dior's John Galliano studied to be a fashion illustrator and had even signed a contract for illustration work in Manhattan before his career took a different turn. How fitting then, that his couture show this week saluted René Gruau, the artist whose iconic illustrations in the 1940s and 50s helped create the visual language we still associate with the legendary house.

I'm taken back to a different time just looking at them--they conjure dreams of Paris, strolling down the Champs Élysées, window shopping on the Rue de La Paix, sipping cocktails at the Ritz, and falling in love.

Galliano's stunning show does the same--it sends me to a time before prêt-à-porter, when couture meant "Haute Couture" and there was nothing "Juicy" about it.

All Dior Haute Coutre photos from

Takes my breath. To me it speaks to the joy creating beauty for beauty's sake. It will be interesting to see how Galliano's dreamy vision translates to reality when the ready-to-wear show walks in Paris this March...


  1. I got to see René Gruau's exhibition in December and he was such a genius! So is Galliano.. this collection was perfect!

  2. Totally agree with your take on this - I was thinking of doing a post about this very subject but so glad you did instead - and so beautifully. I am madly in love with this collection - this is what true couture is all about. And it does indeed harken back to that age of elegance when Dior was all the rage. Don't you just love Gruau's gorgeous illustrations - you found lovely ones to include.

  3. Love, love this post. The drawings are absolutely stunning. Perfect for anywhere but great in a feminine bedroom or in a dressing/bathroom!
    Beautiful collection too!
    Hope your week is going well.

  4. Grea post! I love the references to the vintage pics.



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