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.

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