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Time for a Change

Paris…Dior

Most recently, John Galliano has been delving into the roots of the House of Dior converting the highlights of the famous New Look into contemporary ready-to-wear. If his avid audience was expecting more variations on a theme, they were in for a big surprise. In a one eighty degree turn, Galliano focused on short and body-conscious designs. The name of the collection was “tribal chic” and the tribe in question was most likely the heavy-weights of the Paris scene in the late ’80s; Azzedine Alaïa, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, and Claude Montana. What that translated into was lots of itty bitty mini dresses (perfect for prom!), skin-bearing transparency, leather corsets and shiny, waisted bike jackets. Maybe not the designer’s most memorable collection but the nature of fashion is to engender change and this he was more than successful.

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