Maria-Luisa (dite Coré)
Christian Dior by John Galliano
Haute Couture Spring/Summer 1998
In this design, John Galliano for Dior combined the elements of a robe à la française with the vast crinolined silhouettes of the mid-nineteenth century. The stomacher, open overskirt, and petticoat are expressly eighteenth century, but the huge wired cages that support the skirts over nine feet wide are constructed more like the hoops of the Second Empire than the discrete by comparison panniers of the ancien régime. While the eighteenth-century woman could at least sidle through a doorway, Galliano’s beauties, because of the depths of their skirts, would have to torque and deform their hoops to squeeze their way through.
Dressing Jacket (Detail)
Featured, is an excellent example of a dressing jacket from the period of the late 1880s to the mid-1890s. The combination of the ribbon and lace add an elaborate touch which is very typical of fashions from this time. Prior to this, lingerie and dressing wear was much simpler, but beginning in the 1880s the idea of luxury in fabrics and decoration became popular.
"Grandma, what a big mouth you have…"
"All the better to eat you with, my dear!"
The 2013 Autumn-Winter 4-piece capsule collection from up-and-coming ‘Couture Menswear’ creators Vaughan-Smith takes their inspiration from the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood, with a contemporary, high-fashion edge.
The collection, titled ‘INTO THE WOODS’ features a suit with sleek, black fur arms and red lapels, and a bright red cape, surrounded with gingham trim. In this collection, the masculine blurs into feminine - shapes and colours that have previously not been used in menswear have been re-imagined and shown in a way that gives the appearance of luxe and original menswear.
Designer Daniel Vaughan commented, “I always thought that menswear was the perfect opportunity to showcase couture - it is always a misrepresented area of fashion and design, and has the scope and range to produce so much more.”
The capsule collection will be available exclusively to mr-porter.com, in late April 2013.