Paris Haute Couture Week Opens with Dior
By Joelle Diderich,
Associated Press Writer
Tue Jul 3, 2007
The Paris haute couture shows kicked off with French label Christian Dior holding a celebrity-studded catwalk show and party at the royal chateau of Versailles to celebrate its 60th anniversary.
Hollywood stars including Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson and Jessica Alba joined guests Monday at the 300-year-old orangery of the castle that was home to France's Sun King, Louis XIV.
"It's amazing, it's like a dream come true," a dazed Alba told The Associated Press. "I can't even believe the grounds and this castle. It's extraordinary."
Stars of the supermodel era, including Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, struck poses in sumptuous evening gowns and 1940s-style suits inspired by the works of painters ranging from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso.
The ideas flowed at breathtaking pace, earning the house's British designer John Galliano a rare standing ovation...read more
Dior Celebrates 60 Years in Versailles
By Marie Maitre
Tue Jul 3, 2007
British designer John Galliano marked his 10th year at the creative helm of iconic fashion house Dior with an extravagant autumn/winter show in Versailles Palace inspired by Impressionist and Modern painters.
The fashion house, whose controversial creations helped build its fame, also celebrated its 60th anniversary with opulence that evoked the reign of "Sun King" Louis XIV, the 17th century monarch who transformed Versailles into a royal palace.
The fashion brand, cherished by the rich and famous, used the occasion to reflect on its evolution from Christian Dior's 1947 "New Look" to Galliano's theatrical dresses.
The Gibraltar-born designer paid tribute to both Dior and his Spanish roots in a 30-minute show where models, including Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valetta and Linda Evangelista, strutted in dresses inspired by painters ranging from Cocteau and Picasso to Renoir, Degas and Goya...read more