Dior and the Marquis de Sade

The Spring 2006 haute couture collection 



…“My manner of thinking, so you say, cannot be approved. Do you suppose I care? A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking for others!” – Donatien Alphonse François, Comte de Sade–


The Museum of Fine Arts In Boston (www.mfa.org) is currently holding an unusual exhibition The Paris Collections 2006 which will be running until March 18, 2007. Why unusual? Well, we are talking about an art museum, a place where important things are preserved. By definition, in a museum, objects of artistic, historical, or scientific importance and value are put on display, and this raises the question whether a fashion should be considered as history…absolutely yes! Fashion is an art expression as well. To observe this, I invite you take a tour through the stunning House of Dior Collection with the genius of John Galliano at its best.




John Galliano has become internationally renowned as one of Britain’s most exciting designers, highly innovative and experimental, Galliano’s collections literally shock, audiences. He finds his inspiration in historical events. The upheaval that took place in France, summer of 2006, when he was working on a new collection, along with ideas of French Revolutionary times stirred his creativity, and the result was a breath-taking collection with allegories to the infamous Marquis de Sade. Cinched leather jackets, looped-up pannier skirts, laced biker pants; red, black and white, voluptuous fabrics and high volume layered structures dress his models as they came out with their necks stenciled with the date of the French revolution.


One cannot observe such display of fancy without feeling taken back to France in the XVIII Century, when the hated Marquis de Sade was scandalizing his contemporaries with obscure self-indulging practices that have been the object of scrutinized study by generations. What is the connection between Galliano and Sade ?… well, I could easily put the initial quotation of this article in Galliano’s lips, but I most say in an entire different context, of course. J

It is important to note that Sade’s motive was not in any case art as expression. His source of creativity was an insane drive to inflict pain unto others as he describes in his publication “120 days of Sodom.” As an author, de Sade is to some an incarnation of absolute evil who advocates the unleashing of instincts even to the point of crime.


It is an interesting thought that lust could inspire such display of mastery over form and volume as well as it can arouse the most wicked thoughts.

“lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all … ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.”


Mmmh… how about lust and creativity?


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