We’ve done a lot of writing about how John Galliano‘s career at Dior ended, but we thought it would be a good idea to look back at how it all began. At the end of 1996, LVMH executives decided they wanted Galliano to move from Givenchy to the house of Dior. He presented his first couture collection for the storied brand on January 20, 1997, to widespread acclaim and best hopes a prosperous future there.
Galliano’s dresses and suits were creative and playful and — dare we say it — fun. After a lifetime of designer Gianfranco Ferre‘s suits and white shirts, Galliano’s full skirted gowns and body conscious suits and electric colors were inspired. His references to everything from African tribes to baroque scroll work to Native American beading (and even chinoiserie) were refreshingly inventive. Nicole Kidman would wear the famous chartreuse dress from this collection on the red carpet at the Oscars just a few weeks later.
The clothes were diverse, and so were the models who sauntered down the runway in them. In fact, this show was more diverse than any of the ones we saw during New York Fashion Week last month. But what struck as most interesting about this show is that there are very few pieces we would have called dated if we saw them on the runway today.
Take a look at Galliano’s first show for Dior, and be sure to take a look at his last, which took place earlier today in Paris in his absence.
this is some kind of spaceship or something.
[Images via TFS.]