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PARIS — Which fall couture collection combined inspirations from Madame Pompadour, Marilyn Monroe and storybook illustrators? The one John Galliano showed on Tuesday for Christian Dior, of course, which was also based on the house...

PARIS — Which fall couture collection combined inspirations from Madame Pompadour, Marilyn Monroe and storybook illustrators? The one John Galliano showed on Tuesday for Christian Dior, of course, which was also based on the house founder’s legendary H-line. The dramatic shapes of the pivotal looks, 28 elaborate gowns, were turned, pleated and folded to a fare-thee-well, then detailed with ribbon, lace, fur and opulent embroideries. Here, striking a pose in one of the grandest of them all. For more on the shows, see the article “Wild Fantasy and Rich Reality.”

This story first appeared in the July 7, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.