It may have been rather literal in the rendering, but by God it was beautiful. John Galliano's Fall 2010 collection for Christian Dior Couture saw fashion and fantasy collide in an effervescent flower-bomb of frocks, with dip-dyed silks draped petal-like upon the models and heads shrink-wrapped in cellophane courtesy of Stephen Jones. The inspiration was plain to see - a study in floral form that grew into a bouquet of gowns so exquisitely true to life, so vibrant and verdant, that they seemed freshly cut from Galliano's personal garden. A pure and unadulterated tribute to nature’s own sartorial show-offs, and one that, for me, captured the very essence of haute couture.
See some of the looks in motion in SHOWstudio’s behind-the-scenes video of Nick Knight’s shoot for AnOther Magazine, Dynamic Blooms:
SHOWstudio is also currently featuring an exhibition on foliate still-lifes, Florist, at its Mayfair gallery, running until 13th January 2011. Find out more here, and for now feast your eyes on these beauties:
Irving Penn's still-life portraits:
Ori Gersht's Exploding Flowers: