In tribute to Lee Alexander McQueen, I have been posting a retrospective of past collections, from a SwingFashionista perspective. The best of Alexander McQueen for retro-loving folk. May he rest in peace. In part 6, my top picks from the Spring 2004 ready-to-wear show. This show was quite the spectacle:
The show – staged in the Salle Wagram, a nineteenth-century Parisian dance hall – was an exuberantly hilarious reenactment of Sydney Pollack’s Depression-era film They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? Choreographed by Michael Clark over two weeks of intensive rehearsals in London, the narrative involved dancers, models, and audience in a visceral celebration of exquisitely glamorous clothes.
From Fashion Wired Daily:
“Tally ho Dior!
Equestrian chic was the big news in Christian Dior’s spring haute couture show Monday afternoon, Jan. 25, in Paris, where the house’s couturier John Galliano looked to find ladies who hunted, rather than lunched.
Specifically, Galliano referenced the late 19th century women who inspired Charles James, the neo-classical American designer whose more extravagant shapes also inspired Monsieur Christian Dior himself when he developed the 1947 New Look show, one of the most influential collections ever made.”
Here are some of my favorites:
Caron Paris produces gorgeous old-fashioned powder puffs with real swan down. Aren’t they divine? The photo directly below is from Dita Von Teese’s dressing table, as Caron Paris created a powder puff in crimson red in honor of Dita and her show “Lazy” at the Crazy Horse Paris this year. The puff is now known as the “Dita”.
For the most part, the majority of the pieces in the collection were fairly shapeless, which is a turnoff for me, but these four looks combined the Luisa Beccaria signature wallpaper florals and pretty pastels, with a feminine 1940s-50s shape, so I might imagine wearing them.