Dior, Read All About It
As Carrie Bradshaw would write in her column, “and just like that we make ourselves front page news”...
December 30, 2023
Hasn’t social media made us all a walking tabloid? Every post, real, gif created is documented for others to consume, like, and comment. Julien’s will be selling post-worthy fashions that never fail to capture an audience. One item is sure to bring a lot of attention: lot 32, John Galliano for Dior newsprint dress.
Galliano’s newsprint pieces were originally featured in his spring 2000 couture collection; however, Galliano was not the originator of the newsprint design. The newsprint dress is credited to Matilda Butters, the wife of Australian politician Lord Butters, who wore headlines and articles written about her husband’s run for office in 1886. Butters was one of the original spin doctors of her time, publishing the stories she wanted people to read.
Elsa Schiaparelli in 1935 took critiques of her collection and made them into a dress, as if to say if a picture is worth a thousand words a dress of her design is much, much more. Schiaparelli wrote in her autobiography Shocking Life how the idea came to her while traveling to Copenhagen in Denmark where she saw fisherman wives wearing newsprint hats.
Louis Réard, who is credited for creating the bikini, designed a newsprint two-piece that showcased how his then-scandalous design makes its own headline literally and figuratively.
Then comes Carrie Bradshaw wearing a Dior design from the 2000 fall/winter ready-to-wear collection for season three in episode 17 “What Goes Around Comes Around,” where Carrie ambushes Natashia at lunch to apologize for her affair with Big. Patricia Field who costumed the series found humor in styling the actors in pieces like putting Carrie a columnist for the fictional New York Star in newsprint and how choices and actions are not always simply black and white.
As Carrie Bradshaw would write in her column, “and just like that we make ourselves front page news.”
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