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If you were to ask any of us here at CQ, Christian Dior just hasn't been the same since John Galliano departed. Perhaps it is us who needs to change our perception of the fashion house, but somehow we can't quite seem to move past Galliano's connection to Dior and the momentous impact he left behind. Let's face it he is the master.

Having said that, Bill Gaytten has done well to keep the house going by producing collection after collection that have been improving each season. Opting to look back on Dior's long 65-year history, Gaytten played with the theme of shadows and light in the Haute Couture Spring 2012 collection he presented yesterday in Paris. Using transparent fabrics as the basis, he employed structure in corsetry which he paired with layers of chiffon, organza, and gauze.

There were plenty of Dior's iconic New Look silhouettes with full-skirted sheer dresses cinched in at the waist. Without all of Galliano's drama, as one Vogue editor put it this was a couture collection that was "very wearable." But was it enough?

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