Dior celebrates 60 years in Versailles

Updated: 2007-07-03 10:31

VERSAILLES, France - British designer John Galliano marked his 10th year at the creative helm of iconic fashion house Dior with an extravagant autumn/winter show in Versailles Palace inspired by Impressionist and Modern painters.

Model Naomi Campbell wears a creation as part of British designer John Galliano's Haute-Couture Autumn-Winter 2007-2008 fashion show for French house Dior in Versailles July 2, 2007. [Reuters]

The fashion house, whose controversial creations helped build its fame, also celebrated its 60th anniversary with opulence that evoked the reign of "Sun King" Louis XIV, the 17th century monarch who transformed Versailles into a royal palace.

The fashion brand, cherished by the rich and famous, used the occasion to reflect on its evolution from Christian Dior's 1947 "New Look" to Galliano's theatrical dresses.

The Gibraltar-born designer paid tribute to both Dior and his Spanish roots in a 30-minute show where models, including Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Amber Valetta and Linda Evangelista, strutted in dresses inspired by painters ranging from Cocteau and Picasso to Renoir, Degas and Goya.

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