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PARIS — Talk about walking like an Egyptian. John Galliano celebrated the land of milk and mummies with a dazzlingly decadent spring couture lineup for Dior featuring elaborate Cleopatra looks that would have delighted Elizabeth Taylor in her...

PARIS — Talk about walking like an Egyptian. John Galliano celebrated the land of milk and mummies with a dazzlingly decadent spring couture lineup for Dior featuring elaborate Cleopatra looks that would have delighted Elizabeth Taylor in her heyday — not to mention the boy king Tutankhamen himself. There was tons of gold, along with fur, fanciful embroideries, ruffles and wild headdresses. The basic silhouette, however, suggested Christian Dior’s famous H-line. Here, one of Galliano’s unusual dresses, with details suggesting tomb paintings. For more on the season, see Paris Couture section.

This story first appeared in the January 20, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.