Friday, October 2, 2009
Christian Dior 2010 Spring/Summer Collection
For Galliano, the theme today was 'film-noir' at the Christian Dior 2010 Spring/Summer show. Models were made-up and coiffed like Lauren Bacall, but the influence was obvious- the underwear drawer; sheer, 40’s/50's-style dresses, see-through negligee-gowns and flimsy party-frocks were all a window onto a woman’s most intimate possessions- her bra and knickers.
Backstage, Galliano revealed the undercover secret: all the underwear was actually built-in, making getting dressed a one-step operation for those willing to pay for such an expensive close-up.
The 1940s mode embraced vintage-look short dresses, in floral chiffon with ruffled skirts, or in pointelle knits, seamed to enhance the bust and featuring built-in bras, knickers or petticoats. Corsetry was key for evening – a theme Galliano introduced earlier this year in his autumn/winter haute couture show.
A flesh-tone and black lace corset, came with a black lace, ruffled skirt, sheer enough to show the lace-top hold-up stockings beneath. A sunray-pleated gown, as dazzlingly orange as a volcano, featured a crystal-and-sequin corset. Even a more prim, collared and bowed, long, dinner dress, was in diaphanous red chiffon, disclosing the black bra and knickers beneath.