Christian Dior put their fall 2011 collection down the runway at Paris fashion week. It’s impossible not to look at this collection and think about the current events involving Dior and the firing of their Creative Director, John Galliano. Now that Galliano has been let go from Dior and they are working to fill his position, this marks the last Dior collection Galliano will be involved with. The show was closed not by the head designer which is the norm but by Dior’s design team, those who work had to make the shows happen.
Filled with Victorian elements, especially of note were the knee-high leather boots, the dark makeup paired with finger waves moving into soft curls styling for some of the looks, the outfits in pastel and cream color combinations, and the use of bloomers throughout the collection. Our fashion editor, Meagan Hendrickson, seems to be interested in bloomers lately, styling them in a piece for the upcoming issue and featuring them on our blog. Bloomers will make a great garment for spring and summer.
How much do the values of the artist matter when looking at beautiful work? It seems likely that Galliano’s anti-Semitic outburst at the Paris café that lead to his dismissal from Dior was just that, a drunken outburst. Perhaps it doesn’t reflect his true opinions, but he should have known better. Aside from everything that just happened with Galliano and the Dior house, it is a beautiful collection.