These are dresses from Christian Dior's spring 2009 collection. They were designed by John Galliano, with 17th century Dutch painters serving as the inspiration. Although I would have no place to wear this type of dress, I can appreciate the fact that Galliano believes that we all need some fantasy to escape from bad economic news. I totally agree. Here in Ohio it's cold and gloomy and I'm finding myself looking for fun things to do to keep my spirits up. Escaping into the world of art and design is the best drug for me.