Birthday bash for 60 years of Dior couture

3rd July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 3, 2007 (AFP) - It was the hottest ticket in town on Monday night. Over a thousand guests, press and celebrities converged on the Chateau at Versailles for a birthday bash to mark 60 years since Christian Dior founded his prestigious fashion house.

PARIS, July 3, 2007 (AFP) - It was the hottest ticket in town on Monday night. Over a thousand guests, press and celebrities converged on the Chateau at Versailles for a birthday bash to mark 60 years since Christian Dior founded his prestigious fashion house.

The house pulled out all the stops for a glitzy gala extravaganza in the Orangerie gardens that was due to last until dawn, despite the miserable, unseasonable weather.

Kicking off proceedings was the latest haute couture collection for next spring-summer from John Galliano, which was a tribute to the artists who inspired the master himself -- Rembrandt, Picasso, Monet, Renoir, Boldini, Sargent, Gainsborough, Goya and Velazquez.

The model Gisele Bundchen was the opening number in a classic New Look Dior suit with exaggerated hourglass silhouette.

Gruau, who designed the early advertising for the Dior house perfumes, inspired a white dress draped into an enormous rose at the waist, handpainted in magenta.

A harlequin costume was reminiscent of Picasso's blue period, while a long violet apron dress and corset was a homage to Tiepolo and Goya's sombre paintings were evoked with Chantilly lace and mantillas.

The Orangerie was awash with present and past supermodels, from Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista to Stella Tennant.

In the audience for the show were actresses Monica Bellucci, Charlize Theron and Juliette Binoche, alongside film directors Pedro Almodovar and Nicole Garcia, and the veteran designer Pierre Cardin.

Galliano, who is celebrating 10 years as the house's artistic director, took his customary flamboyant bow dressed as a matador.

He dedicated the collection to his righthand man for 21 years, Steven Robinson, who died suddenly in April at only 38. Robinson had been described as "a huge engine and realiser at Galliano and Dior" and "the one who made everything work."


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