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Galliano and Versace turn up the heat in Paris

January 19, 2004
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John Galliano has brought ancient Egypt to modern day Paris with his latest, unforgettable haute couture show. The British designer's spring-summer collection provoked gasps from the audience as models paraded down the catwalk dressed as pharaohs and goddesses.

Pyramid gowns made of gold mirror were followed by mummies in black silk tulle, as Christian Dior's star designer confirmed his place as the most flamboyant man in fashion.

"I was stunned. Is it not the most extraordinary thing?" said Sex And The City star Sarah Jessica Parker, who was sitting in the front row. The petite actress could barely contain her enthusiasm as a model strode down the runway in a snakeskin number complemented by a giant jackal mask. "I want to live in them, sleep in them, bathe in them," she told Bernard Arnault, head of Dior's parent company LVMH.

The iconic Italian Donatella Versace was meanwhile making an impression with her first couture show in Paris for 18 months. Micro-minis and fitted trouser suits glittered with jewels and beads, as Donatella showed why she is still synonymous with glamour.

Christina Aguilera was among the fans at the Ritz Hotel admiring the designer's use of plunging necklines and exposed midriffs to give her usual dose of provocative sensuality.

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Anubis, the god of the dead, made a memorable appearance in a tight, snakeskin dressPhoto: © AFPy
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The Versace collection was as sexy and daring as ever, with no shortage of skin exposedPhoto: © AFP

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