Christian Dior’s 50s Couture

Galliano may be gone but Dior’s latest Haute Couture collection isn’t short on the kind of vintage elegance he was famous for. This time, though, the collection is far less dramatic, far less theatrical, than something Galliano might have dreamed up. Couture it may be, but it could near pass for Ready To Wear.

Dior’s Haute Couture spring 2012 collection mashed together vintage silhouettes and sultry sheer fabrics. With faux-bobbed hair and soft retro eyeshadow, the models swanned the runway as if clones of Mad Men‘s Betty Draper: a little cold, a little sexy, every bit the epitome of untouchable elegance.

Though the collection certainly played it safe, sticking to the 50s and early 60s as eras of influence, it’s combination of luxurious transparent fabrics and waist cinching silhouettes is a successful one.

Some full skirts were encircled with script that quoted Christian Dior himself: “Elegance must be the right combination of distinction, naturalness, care and simplicity.” Though lacking a little in the naturalness area, Bill Gaytten’s Couture effort still hits the definition of elegance, and does so with a modern, sexy, edge.

You can see all of the Christian Dior haute couture spring 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.

Also from this fashion show.

Backstage

Details

Beauty

Photography by Imaxtree