the best thing about monsieur Dior is the fact that even though he wasnt the most talented designer of his generation, he had a very revolutionary vision for the women of his time and he knew how to market his work in ways others didnt
thanks for the great archive pics posted and for editing and redirecting all the Galliano discussion
He was a designer
and the best in his epoque so his life should be fulled
of parties, exquisite things,
and all the things that only famous people
eat, feel, have.. etc
Ee. You know, this kind of grates on me, because it portrays a very unhealthy image of people who are designers, or just rich, wealthy and famous ... well, I mean, seriously, not every single one of them people will regularly take part in wine-brandy-and-other-hard-liquor-chugging frenzies, wild orgies with members of any sex, and sniffing unidentifiable substances. Yes, even the rich ones. Not all them do. Serious. Really. Not kidding.
Anyway, I personally love Dior's work because he wasn't afraid of reviving the constricted feminine figure - the hourglass figure, in an exaggerated and yet flowing, elegant form - it was amazing how he could actually successfully envision for the New Look (which, I read in a book on Dior's work, was a name given to the refreshingly female silhouette he introduced by articles published after its launch - i.e. Dior didn't name it the New Look but instead the media did) a look that women actually missed and wanted. I read in the book that as the outfits were shown with their full, wide skirts that were virtually sweeping the ground, many females sitting among the audience watching the clothes started to "pull at their own skirts", possibly finding their own outfits inadequate compared to the pieces Dior was showing. That was it - the New Look became the all-new desire of young women who wanted to wear more revolutionary and statement-making clothes. I believe many older women were so unhappy with it that they not only protested, but some even accosted younger women who sported the New Look, catching them on the streets, pulling their hair and ripping their full skirts, literally tearing them off.
If there was a designer who could make women fight among themselves, it's Dior. Who can then deny the influence, the sheer power that Dior's work exudes? Who can then deny the designer's major role in revolutionising twentieth century fashion? Who can deny that he is, even perhaps without Galliano's work, among the biggest names in fashion? Simply put, who can deny that he is a great designer?