The golden age of haute couture: John Galliano’s Diorient express, autumn/winter 1998 Christian Dior haute couture.



"Diosera," the new New Look, from John Galliano’s debut haute couture collection for Christian Dior, spring/summer 1997. Crocodile skirt, wool jacket with drawn thread work frayed details.

The entire first section of this show featured outfits with names playing on “Dior” to emphasise the link to the house. Including a rather clumsy “Gallidior”

The flou atelier, working on spring 2012 Christian Dior haute couture

The flou atelier, working on spring 2012 Christian Dior haute couture

In the atelier before Raf Simons’ Dior debut, July 2012

In the atelier before Raf Simons’ Dior debut, July 2012

Christian Dior haute couture toile, autumn/winter 2008

Christian Dior haute couture toile, autumn/winter 2008

Hidden fastenings in a couture gown by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior

Hidden fastenings in a couture gown by Marc Bohan for Christian Dior

John Galliano’s “Work in Progress” haute couture for the winter 2005 Dior collection, celebrating the centenary of Dior’s birth and the work of the Dior ateliers

John Galliano’s “Work in Progress” haute couture for the winter 2005 Dior collection, celebrating the centenary of Dior’s birth and the work of the Dior ateliers

Light blue crepe dress with navy stockings, from Christian Dior’s third haute couture collection, spring/summer 1948, in the Dior salons on Avenue Montaigne. 

Light blue crepe dress with navy stockings, from Christian Dior’s third haute couture collection, spring/summer 1948, in the Dior salons on Avenue Montaigne. 

A winter 2010 Dior haute couture gown, alongside Valentino, Chanel and Givenchy, in storage before a Grace Coddington shoot for October 2010 American Vogue

A winter 2010 Dior haute couture gown, alongside Valentino, Chanel and Givenchy, in storage before a Grace Coddington shoot for October 2010 American Vogue

The interior bodice of “Elisabeth”, a dress from Christian Dior’s autumn/winter 1954 collection.
On view, and on sale (!) at WilliamVintage

The interior bodice of “Elisabeth”, a dress from Christian Dior’s autumn/winter 1954 collection.

On view, and on sale (!) at WilliamVintage

Dior croquis of an embroidered ball gown from 1952

Dior croquis of an embroidered ball gown from 1952

Backstage at Raf Simons’ second haute couture collection for Dior, spring/summer 2013

Backstage at Raf Simons’ second haute couture collection for Dior, spring/summer 2013

Embroidery detail from a 1952 Dior ball gown

Embroidery detail from a 1952 Dior ball gown

Christian Dior spring/summer 2011 haute couture, by John Galliano

Christian Dior spring/summer 2011 haute couture, by John Galliano

Toiles from the winter 2012 haute couture collection in the ateliers of Christian Dior

Toiles from the winter 2012 haute couture collection in the ateliers of Christian Dior