Monday, January 24, 2011

High Fashion Fantasy

Cascades of chiffon, tiers of tulle, layers of lace, sumptuous silk, fanciful feathers, and whimsical wisps -- it can only mean one thing. Couture!

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture from

Some say haute couture is a dying art -- with little relevance to more than an elite few... Others argue it's the ultimate expression for the creative masters like John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld, and John Paul Gaultier and that the themes trickle down to future ready-to-wear collections. I say it's delicious fashion eye-candy and I can't get enough.

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture from

John Galliano went '50s retro for Christian Dior, recalling the house's heritage: the Dior New Look. The designer was said to be inspired by the fashion illustrator Rene Gruau, who made advertising posters for the house under Christian Dior.

Christian Dior Spring 2011 Haute Couture from

Each couture piece is meticulously handmade by artisans using the most exquisite materials. Prices are astronomical. But If you are lucky enough to buy a look from a couture collection, know that you are purchasing a piece of history, a connection with a fashion genius (expect multiple fittings with the designer himself) and literally, an item of clothing like no other.

We can dream, can't we?

More postings on Couture as it progresses...

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