There's no better way to start the new year than by celebrating a living legend -- and one with whom I was lucky enough to spend some time this past year, Mr. John Galliano.
He's got a lot going on in 2010; launching Galliano, his menswear collection, his role at the helm of Christian Dior (going on his 15th year as lead designer), and the continuation of his visionary namesake label.
Tracking the ongoing success of a the designer, photographer Mark Leibowitz took a backstage look at the John Galliano ready-to-wear shows for fall 2008 and spring 2009. The images are stunning, and so thoroughly depict the mayhem that's typically hidden from the lens.
If nothing else, they're absolutely an inspirational way to start the new year...
And now you can take Galliano home with you, too. Photographer Roxanne Lowit just published Backstage Dior, a compilation of shots she's amassed from backstage access to the runways at Christian Dior throughout the last 10 years. There's nothing quite like a book of flashbulbs and haute couture to bring in a new decade. Bonne Année!
Photo credit: Backstage at the John Galliano exhibition; photographs by Mark Leibowitz.