Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2003

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2003

Written By bryanboy

I need your help.

It’s not often that I call for the collective powers of my readers but I am in desperate need of your help. Watch this video of the Spring/Summer 2003 Christian Dior show. Fast forward to 6:50 and listen to the track “Controversy” by Prince. I NEED that remix. I MUST have it. This is a life and death situation we’re talking about here. I’ve spent 8 hours today trying to find it online to no avail. I think the remix is by Felix Da Housecat but I don’t know. It’s definitely not the original track, that’s for sure. Please, for the sake of my sanity, help me get a copy of this track.

Check out the model on 7:00. That is HOW you do FIERCE. Also, Jacquetta Wheeler should fucking get an award for being able to walk in those heels in spite of the chain dangling from her shoe. Has it really been five or six years since that show? Time surely flies fast these days.

Christian Dior Spring/Summer 2003

I swear to god, watching old Dior shows on YouTube give me the chills every time. Every bloody time! That’s why John Galliano has a special place in my heart. Growing up as a teenager, John was the be-all and end-all of fashion. NOBODY else mattered to me AT THAT TIME. Well, it was John and Tom Ford for Gucci LOL. I’d religiously buy fashion magazines just to see what the two of them were up to. Yes I had the eskimo boots from the Fall 2002 collection where Gisele came out with the woolly centurion hat. Yes I had the saddle bags, the monogram jacquards, and yes, even those rasta bags. Even those tops from 2001 I shared to you earlier this year. It was full-on, hardcore, logo a gogo fashion victim mania but hell I had fun. Those were the years when I would save literally EVERY penny I had (and then some) just to be able to buy those damned “J’ADORE DIOR” sleeveless tops in every imaginable color combination and fabric because that’s all my victimy self could afford. When Dior announced last year how they are turning their backs to the very same crowd that kept them afloat over the years (the young, the bold and the restless), naturally I felt sad – that’s my childhood right there! No wonder all of the recent Dior collections are too sophisticated and too mature. Other than Carla Sarkozy, who else is wearing Dior?

The good news is… the things I like and what tickles my fancy have definitely changed over the years. I appreciate the work of more and more designers.

Enough babble. Will someone please find me the song, for old times’ sake? Thank you.

0 Comments

  1. Nadir Tejani

    I’ve got this software installed in my laptop, it’s called Smart Recorder, and it enables you to record sound from video files. That’s how I usually extract the soundtracks from catwalk shows. You can definitely try that; as for the song itself, I’m not really sure sine I’m not into Prince.
    As for the whole elegance vs. youth thing… Well, I know there must be boundaries. Dior is bought by the type of customers who dislike t-shirts; Dior is not a brand for teenagers. Maybe it’s a label for 20-somethings, but definitely not for teenagers. You can’t sell the same product that anyone can find in the high-street for a three-figure number. I mean, you can, but you loose credibility. The thing at Dior used to be different, though. When Monsieur Dior started his business in 1947, he aimed for the high-end client; a mature woman. I’ve read his autobiography and you can clearly tell that we wasn’t aiming for teenagers whatsoever, but again, 60 years ago teenagers couldn’t afford couture pieces. The world has changed; women don’t need couture anymore and prêt-a-porter is the watchword. I’ve noticed that in the last 5 years demi-couture collections are in vogue, because as a luxury client you want real luxury when you pay £5,000 for a single piece. You don’t expect an upper-class teenager to go on spending hundreds of thousands of pounds on clothes, so your design must be focused for the ideal client who can afford to pay all that money for clothing. Again, elegance is the DNA of Dior anyway.
    Now. When the big CEOs and generally people working within the industry talk about “the legacy” of Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, Balmain, Fath and whoever was a big hit in the 20th century, they don’t have in mind what exactly these designers were all about. Dior was about much more than the New Look; Givenchy was about much more than black dresses; Chanel was about much more than tweed tailleurs. They were about INNOVATION, about the new; yes, they had their own particular point of views and styles when designing, but they were a hit each and every decade because they were doing something new. You think about the 20th century and you can clearly describe the fashions in the 20s, 40s, 60s, hell, even in the 90s you can. But not now. What is fashion about these days? “Going back to the past to reinvent the future”? That’s not what the big couturiers were all about. They were creating new stuff. Similarly, you have people creating new stuff these days. Respecting the legacy of Dior doesn’t mean copying his designs but creating new ones having in mind his philosophy of innovation, romanticism and elegance. There’s a new elegance these days, Karl is always talking about that. The same way you see innovation in Dior and Givenchy, you see innovation in John and Riccardo. That’s what designers are about: if they’re working under someone’s name, they have to respect their philosophies, not their aesthetics. Despite the 20 years rule, I think this decade has seen a mismatch of clothes from the past, and only now you start to see what we’re all about these days: soft tailoring, sharp shapes, innocent luxury. We’re now in transition from the 90s, but in a whole new way. And that’s because designers do what they want to do. What’s happening at Dior at the moment is absolutely ridiculous, you can tell that John is being pressurized to make boring clothes that sell to the middle-aged woman. John always respected Dior because he did something new; now he’s only making clothes from the past. I can’t deny how much I was amused to see Autumn 07 at Dior, but lately you see a lack of innovation, experimentation and design.
    And this is a long comment. Sorry Bryan.

  2. Contact toti dalmacion of terno recordings, groove nation and consortium- he has an extensive library- he should have that

  3. MagnusMiKa

    HIya!
    Just wondering if you found it cuz, I am now obsessed with it too…..but I want the remix/techo version ….if there is one!!!
    MUST !!! hahaha
    Please post or email me how you found it if you do….
    You’re AWESOME!

  4. Jamie

    I too am now fixated with this track.
    Do share it when you have it won’t you BB??
    xx

  5. Malcolm

    BRYAN BOY – i have the song in a felix da housecat set. email me and i’ll sendspace it to you!

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