Half-dressed Dior models in Paris

Christian Dior designer John Galliano went back to the fashion house’s foundations this week

Christian Dior designer John Galliano went back to the fashion house’s foundations this week, sending out a winter 2010 haute couture collection that paired the opulent New Look skirt suits with bras, bustiers, corsets and garter belts.

Half-dressed models in waspwaisted jackets with outrageous bouffant sleeves and flesh-coloured garter belts, or in pouffy skirts heavy with beadwork and pointy 1950s-era bras, loped languidly through the labyrinthine showrooms at Dior’s Paris flagship store, where the runway show was held. The innerwear-as-outerwear look extended as far as the shoes, black heels fitted with a network of bra- and garter straps.