PARIS, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- John Galliano gold dresses with six-figure price tags at Christian Dior opened the spring/summer 2004 haute couture shows in Paris Monday.
Thirty-one meticulously hand-sewn outfits followed a theatrical Egyptian theme with gold, beading, crocodile and snakeskin in abundance, London's The Independent reports.
While the weakness of the dollar makes these glamorous costumes even more expensive for the 300 or so women internationally who want or can afford to wear them, with their flattering S-shaped silhouette, they will undoubtedly attract the attention of Hollywood-toned Oscar and Golden Globe hopefuls.
Dramatic haute couture collections such as these are known to be lost leaders imbuing a design house's parallel perfume, handbag and accessory lines with appeal, though Dior's haute couture division does report healthy sales.
The house recently announced plans to more closely link their makeup marketing to Galliano's stunning designs.