Dior's Galliano battles economic crisis with flowers

Mon Jul 5, 2010 4:31pm EDT
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By Nina Sovich and Elizabeth Pineau

PARIS (Reuters) - Dior designer John Galliano threw off any notion of recession on Monday with his boisterous collection of tight bodices and swinging skirts that recalled the extravagance of Dior's 1950's New Look.

The haute couture collection, designed for the winter of 2011, seemed to plead for spring, with contrasting primary colors and an abundance of swinging organza.

Models wore spiked strappy sandals and some had their heads wrapped in yellow or red cellophane as though they were bouquets of flowers.

The show recalled the "Tulip line" designed by Christian Dior in 1953 when the house was the beacon of French fashion.

"This show was such fun, after watching the news this morning, with the oil spill and everything," said Joyce Samuels, who has been buying Dior for 40 years.

Haute couture remains among the most expensive fashion in the world.

An evening dress can cost around 40,000 dollars and a suit not much less. Experts estimate that there are no more than 300 clients for the clothes, many of whom live in Russia, Arab countries and Asia.

The expense derives from the prestige of the piece and the man-hours that are required to make a dress or a suit by hand.   Continued...

<p>Models present creations by British designer John Galliano as part of his Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Haute Couture fashion show for French fashion house Dior in Paris July 5, 2010. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>