I am somewhat of a Hoover when it comes to fashion on the web. I devour my fill of news, photos, blogs and stories about fashion pretty much everyday. Every six months the haute couture collections roll around and I, of course, gobble up the reviews and pictures and marvel at the craftsmanship and excessiveness of the clothing. In the years since the www made it easy to pretend you’re attending the shows yourself, there have been two collections that have literally made my jaw drop they’ve been so beautiful, both of them by John Galliano for Christian Dior.
Galliano is a master of appropriation and exaggeration. Before he designs a collection, Galliano and his team take a research trip to somewhere fabulous, and immerse themselves in inspiration. The for the Spring 2007 collection, the destination was Japan. I was just amazed and thrilled by the way Galliano tour Dior on a tour of Japan by translating so many aspects of Japan and Japanese art into fashion – origami, porcelain, kimonos, embroidery, ikebana and lacquer ware.
Jackie O simplicity in an origami cocktail dress and pill box hat
Buttoned up Jane Austen-era governess becomes an origami covered piece of Japanese porcelain
Origami kimono and gown with an obi-style origami bust
Regal kimono covered in bamboo embroidery and pleats
The famous origami crane gets married
Based on the famous wave painting by Katsushika Hokusai, Dior's New Look gets a new empire-line silhouette, bell sleeves and dramatic collar
The Dior New Look jacket becomes a kimono, paired with an ikebana hat
Like a cherry blossom
Inspired by lacquer ware
Geisha wears folds from a japanese fan
Pink origami hat
Dior's off-the-shoulder sleeves pushed to the the max