When John Galliano laid on the gilded embroideries at his Christian Dior Haute Couture show in January, he was the first of many to succumb to Gustav Klimt's Midas touch. The Vienna Secession painter's influence was everywhere at the Fall collections, accounting for not just a new gold rush but an abundance of swirling, floral patterns. If Christian Lacroix, Hussein Chalayan, and Dries Van Noten's interpretations tended toward the abstract, Oscar de la Renta's homage was more literal. But then, the New York designer has the Klimt-filled Neue Galerie right at his doorstep.
Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait Adele Bloch-Bauer I
The gilded lily: A Klimt-inspired look from Christian Dior Haute Couture, Spring 2008
Fancy footwork: Gustav Klimt's Dancer, 1916-1918
Hussein Chalayan's brush work