Fashion is theater for John Galliano, who is of the mind thatclothes, hats and makeup, no matter how beautiful, look even better witha juicy story. It was a point well-made by his stunning springcollection, framed by the tale of Mari Lani, an aspiring actress livingin Paris during the late 1920s, who convinced Matisse, Cocteau andChagall among other of-the-moment artists to paint her portrait,promising that the works would be featured in her upcoming film. Onceher collection was complete, she sold it, took the cash and shipped outfor the States. The film was, and always had been, pure fiction.


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