CHRISTIAN DIOR

1997 : More than a dozen Japanese stores are acquired from franchisee Kanebo. Rouge Diorific lipstick introduced. January: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first show, Galliano presents his first couture collection of 50 dresses against a replica of the Avenue Montaigne showroom as it existed in Dior's day. "Mr. Galliano's show was a credit to himself, to Mr. Dior, whose name is on the door, and to the future of the art, which is always in question," opines New York Times fashion critic Amy Spindler. March: Galliano presents his first ready-to-wear effort at the Mus茅e Guimet. Actress Nicole Kidman wears an Asian-inspired, embroidered chartreuse Dior column to the Oscars. June: John Galliano receives the CFDA's International Award. The Christian Dior Museum opens in the Villa les Rhumbs, the late designer's childhood home in Granville, France. July: Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Shalom Harlow turn heads at Galliano's Belle Epoque鈥搃nspired show at Paris's Bagatelle gardens.

Licensing was the quickest way to spread his message of democratic glamour: separate divisions for affordable luxuries like hosiery, gloves, jewelry, scarves, handbags, swimsuits, even specialty undergarments. Delman designer Roger Vivier created shoes as splendid as the outfits. Vibrant lipstick and perfume-Miss Dior was the first, followed by Diorama and Diorissimo-completed the Dior woman's toilette.

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