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Will Fall 2009 Be A Season Of 19th Century Costumery?

The Christian Dior Spring 2009 Haute Couture collection showed today and John Galliano's frocks have us thinking that costumery might not end up being exclusive to his catwalks. In fact, Alexander McQueen showed a collection comprised of hyper-masculine 19th century British archetypes just last week in Milan (and his Pre-Fall was set to a similar landscape too). Is this a British thing? A coincidence? Or could it be a trend toward historical moments economically similar to to our current one? Suzy Menkes noted communist era trends in the menswear shows, and Cathy Horyn commented on industrial/utility vibe. Something tells us we haven't seen the last of these bold references, but only time will tell...

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