So I have had a little break of proper sketching….Nothing was really popping out to me that much, but today I was sat in a coffee shop and had the Urge. I was glad to get it, it feels nice to WANT to draw again.
Anyway, I put out a plea on Twitter and asked for someone to pick a Designer, Season and Show for me to sketch. A wonderful follower re-intoduced me to the stunning Christian Dior Spring 2007 collection.
This was one of Galliano’s finest moments. Strong and elegant but also very refined and subdued for Galliano’s normal parades. Its lovely to see design and flow, without all the theatrics. Every single element of the show was divine, The Bags especially.
Inspired by Joan of Arc, greek mythology and Warriors (which had filtered down from the Haute Couture collection I have previously drawn) the show consisted of many beautiful skirt suits and iconic draped Galliano dresses.
The first Suit was a deep olive green. Looser and Boxier than the traditional Dior look, the jacket featured slits in the elbows, to give the impression of a suit of armour, and a large strip of matching lace decorates the bodice. The skirt also features a triple layer, reminiscent of the layers of armour from the previous Couture season.
The second sketch is a floor length gown, draped from a strap around the neck. to the hip. This is a very simple gown for Galliano. Although a large strip of gold bullion embroidery sits around the waist and hips, there is a refined limitation to what could have easily become excessive ornamentation.
Getting the beautiful soft colour pallet of Greys, Off-White, Olives, Blush-Nude and a strong kick of Saffron in the middle of the show was created by using a lot of water. and building up very thin layers of colour until it is just the correct amount.
I really think this show translated the amazing and opulent Haute Couture collection into a very wearable Ready-To-Wear show. One of the finest translations into commercial clothing Galliano had presented. Still keeping the strong warrior influence, but making each piece “Wardrobe Friendly”.
This suit is similar to the first, an Off White with large lace panel on the front of the Jacket. A double slit elbow and a slightly tulip draped skirt are accented with metal ‘D-Rings’ around all the hems and a structured bag adds to the elegant drama.
Im so happy I was re-t intorduced o this collection. It wouldnt have been my first choice, however I feel it really translated well into my drawing style. With a new Creative Director at Dior (Congratulations Raf Simmons) It will be interetsing to see if any of his work turns up on my blog.
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