InStyle was given exclusive backstage access at the fabulous Dior Haute Couture show, created by John Galliano, in Paris yesterday.
There's nothing quite like Dior Haute Couture for sheer visual spectacle, and yesterday's show had us swooning at the utter gorgeousness of the outfits.
The show was staged at the tres intime Grand Salon at the House of Dior for the first time in ten years.
Beautiful French actress and Dior muse, Marion Cotillard, lent an extra element of French chic to the occasion but nothing could take away from the models; beautiful creatures adorned in fuschia, orange, citrus yellow and acid green.
They stalked through the Grand Salon showing off 50s-inspired nipped-in waists, opera gloves and huge hats, but in a state of semi-undress.
The layers, supports and underpinnings that sculpted the iconic silhouettes of Mr Dior were clearly on show with suspenders, seamed stockings, corsets and bras making a bold statement. The effect was deconstructed but also ultra feminine, sophisticated and oh-so-sexy.
"I was inspired by the photographs of Mr Dior in his cabine at the House of Dior with his favourite models," said Galliano talking to InStyle as the couture melee of models, make-up artists and stylists carried on around him. "I loved the idea of the girls getting ready backstage, rushing to get the clothes and make-up on whilst still only wearing half their outfit," he added.
Hair, styled by celebrity hairdresser Orlando Pita, was curly, frizzed and pinned into glorious up-dos. The styles were complimented by the fantastic creations of milliner extraordinaire, Stephen Jones.
'For this show we took inspiration from Mitzah Bricard, who was the first milliner at Dior. We looked at the archives and started making the hats three months ago' he told us. 'We sell a lot of couture hats even though they cost thousands of pounds.'
Make-up artist Pat McGrath completed the look with a modern take on the 1950s face. Dark eyes toplined with liquid liner and glossy red lips made the girls terribly glamorous and supremely French.
"I like a bit of ooh la la!" admitted Galliano when we caught up with him after the show. We can't help but agree.
By Anabel Cutler