All Dolled Up In Dior Couture-------
Halloween has come and gone, and Thanksgiving is barreling down the pike, which means that Christmas is mere minutes away—and with it, Christmas windows. Today, Dior announced that it has partnered with Paris’ Printemps department store to do the retailers’ annual holiday windows, which will pay tribute to the history of the house and its helmsmen, from Monsieur Dior himself to John Galliano to the newly installed Raf Simons. For 11 windows along the Boulevard Haussmann, Dior created 2-foot-tall dolls, each wearing an haute couture look from the house’s archive, recreated by the couture ateliers at 30 Avenue Montaigne (with a few stuffed male dancing partners in the mix, wearing Dior Homme). They range from the classic Bar jacket look (above) to Galliano’s flower-shop gown (below) from Fall ’10 to Simons’ debut collection for the house. The dolls themselves—74 will be created in all, and animated in the windows—are one-of-a-kind and not for sale, but an accompanying collection of holiday gifts including shoes, bags, scarves, timepieces, and even Dior snow globes will be sold. As part of one (above right), the Bar jacket can be yours after all—albeit under glass. The completed windows will be unveiled December 9 by Dior face Marion Cotillard.