Paris Fashion Week: John Galliano’s Phantom of the Opera

4 Oct

For John Galliano, it was theather at the runway show, and quite the theatre given its location in the grand Paris opera house, Opéra Comique . When you get over his extreme quirkiness, Mister Galliano is quite the artist-designer and he masters the art of creating a theatrical performance with each show. His muse this time around was Mari Lani, an aspiring French actress in the twenties who conned high profile artists (Matisse, Léger, di Chirico, Chagall, etc) into painting her portrait – with the promise that the paintings would be featured in her upcoming film. When the paintings were completed, she took them, sold all and took off to the US.

Each look from Galliano’s collection took inpsiration from her paintings, with dramatic make up, hats and hair pieces. It is a refreshing take to the runway show if you don’t get caught up with the practical. At this point, with so many shows done, it has to take some drama to keep the fash pack engaged. But having said that, he had pretty wearable pieces beneath all the drama, especially the jewelled dresses towards the end.

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