As the spring couture collections got under way, designers were living large, either literally — à la John Galliano’s dramatic looks for Christian Dior — or metaphorically, as in Donatella Versace’s highly opulent evening looks for Versace. Then there was Yohji Yamamoto’s grand gesture of a fall ready-to-wear collection, which centered around mega houndstooth checks.

Christian Dior: Haute couture? At Christian Dior, it’s more like haute-ohhh-my-God-couture! Because that limitless marvel that is John Galliano’s sense of daring never ceases to amaze. Season after season, his audience shows up expecting nothing less than transportation elsewhere — far away to some magical fashion paradise — and, season after season, he puts his wizardry into play and makes that magical mystery trip a reality.

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