Fashion: Dreaming of Cherry Blossoms

At Dior, Galliano's geishas have a message

Can fashion deliver more than the momentary adrenaline rush that comes with scoring the "it" handbag? Can it make a lasting impression? Designers are under such intense pressure these days to produce commercial merchandise or sign their names to fast-fashion emporiums like H&M and Target that they seem to have forgotten about one of fashion's vital mandates: fantasy.

That is precisely why John Galliano's Dior haute couture show in Paris was so spectacular. The designer, who seemed to have been languishing lately under directives to create salable clothes, let his wacky imagination soar again--this time from the couture ateliers of Paris...

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