John Galliano is undoubtedly one of the greatest designers of the 20th Century, despite his dramatic demise and very public fall from grace, I feel the work from his many years as Creative Director at Christian Dior should be praised.
The Spring 2008 Haute Couture show was one of Galliano’s greatest, showcasing his unmatchable imagination combining symbolist artists, with very heavy influences from Klimt and also a large splash of 1960’s psychedelia.
I’ve actually attached the original looks just so you can see how absolutely ludicrous these pieces are, and that my drawings are not just overblown ideas.
The first of these four looks was a floor-length, fishtail evening dress in a deep blue satin, encrusted with enormous blue beads. The dress features a double extended corset, jutting out over the hips, with a full draped back, giving it a very voluminous silhouette.
This was such an interesting look to draw, the multiple different ideas combined really work well with my style. The beads are created using 5 different layers, pencil, then two blue fineliners in slightly alternate shades, then layered with silver pen and also a black fineliner to highlight.
The second look I chose is probably my favorite of the looks I have chosen. The violent lime green skirt suit, with enormous exaggerated shoulders, collar and sleeves is absolutely covered in amazing embroidery and actually opened the show, setting the scene for this extraordinary show.
There is no way I would have gotten every single bead, jewel or palette required to make such an opulent jacket int this sketch so unfortunately I had to improvise, making it look the best I could. I really wanted to get across the sense of volume so I used deep shading, which I rarely do.
The third sketch has already been snapped up by my Mother. I had only just drawn the outline and she told me she wanted it. The turquoise tulip shape dress features an enormous rosette on the front, and iss embroidered with coral stones and gold bullion in beautiful swirls covering the cocktail dress.
Again i used the shading in this sketch, I really wanted to portray the enlarged style all the garments had, but still keeping everything feminine and light. This look, like many others in the show, was topped off with an extraordinary hat created for Dior by Stephen Jones. The Gold saucer perched on-top of the models head just adds to the overall silhouette of this sketch, giving it a very ‘Alien’ look.
The last look I chose was a deep purple dress, with direct references to Klimt’s work, including gilt swirls covering one side of the dress. It wasn’t until I tried to find a more detailed image of this dress, that I realised the fabric was folded into an enormous rosette on the side, giving each angle of the garment a different dimension, style and silhouette.
Decorated in enormous golden and beaded triangles, this dress was quite hard to get the proportion right but not overwhelm the page or my figure. I had to use a biro to do over the gold pe enough to make the embroideries really look layered on, but I think it works really well.
Dont be surprised if you see more of from this collection on my blog, Im in utter awe of Galliano’s unique vison and take on the Symbolist movement, and there are many more extreme looks I would like to tackle.
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