PARIS — Funeral services were held here Wednesday for Steven Robinson, the longtime right hand of couturier John Galliano. Robinson, head of the Christian Dior and Galliano studios, died April 1 at his home in Paris following a heart attack. He was 38.
About 1,000 people attended the midday services, held at the American Cathedral here. Countless bouquets of roses perfumed the church and spilled out onto the street. Among the mourners were Galliano, Delphine Arnault, Victoire de Castellane, Paolo Roversi and Dior chief executive Sidney Toledano, who read "Lamentations."
Solemn Gregorian and Anglican chants by a choir intermingled with heart-wrenching pop recordings, including "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton and "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinéad O'Connor.
Production designer Michael Howells read excerpts of "Winnie the Pooh" by A.A. Milne, and milliner Stephen Jones read "He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" by William Butler Yeats.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"