{live from the runway} Givenchy Spring Couture 2012

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Riccardo Tisci poured many of his passions into 10 couture dresses. There’s Fritz Lang’s 1927 “Metropolis,” a favorite movie of his since childhood; “Aelita,” an obscure Russian science-fiction title from the same era whose score is said to have influenced Germany’s techno movement, and lastly, pushing Givenchy’s atelier to experiment with new techniques.
The result was spectacular, building on the dark romance Tisci has brought to Givenchy over the past seven years. He also added new elements, including a looser line, bias cutting, a downpour of crystals and even a pair of flowing black trousers. “It’s a very sparkly collection, which, in a way, is very couture,” the designer said.
The workmanship on crocodile looks was astonishing: 350 hours to disassemble a skin, bleach it, re-dye it and remount it on tulle for a sweeping gown. It was time well spent to achieve that soigné Art Deco glamour.
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