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Christian Dior Says Fiddle-Dee-Dee to the Recession

Milan might be gloomy, and Paris might be feeling the crunch, but there's at least one runway designer who isn't going to scrimp just because of a pesky thing like a collapsing socio-economic structure! Poor people still need to be able to dream, don't they? At least, so says John Galliano, who designed the Dior collection for '09.

He did so unapologetically. "Of course I????????m sensitive to the economy. Of course I????????m aware of it. I read the newspapers; I watch TV," he said Sunday. "But [dealing with it] is not my job. My job is to do the best I can to show the possibilities of Dior. When you????????re standing in a hurricane, you have to keep your feet firmly on the ground. If you panic, whew???????you fly away."

It's funny when terms like keeping your feet on the ground refers to making a $300,000 dress out of tinfoil and lacquer.

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