John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture

John Galliano for Christian Dior Couture

Christian Dior's Spring 2008 couture collection was an explosion of colour on the Paris catwalk yesterday as John Galliano showed his volumptous latest offering.

Bigger is definitely better when it comes to Dior couture and no one does big like Galliano with his huge puff ball skrts and giant toadstool hats in almost every colour imaginable.

Check out the Christian Dior Spring collection slideshow

The collection was inspired by Jean Singer Sargent’s portrait of Madame X, a painting so controversial that the American artist was forced to withdraw it when he first showed it at the Paris Salon of 1884.

Short embellished bodices headed up layers of bright luxurious satin decorated with rich gold prints gathered at the ankle in an inflated balloon hem.

Volume was defintely a running theme but there was also a hint of swinging 60s with shapeless swing dresses, fearless use of bright colours and beehive hair styles.

Galliano himself even joined in the fun as he navigated his way between the dramatic poses of his models wearing matching balloon hem breeches in a Henry VIII style outfit.

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