Elie Saab had 41 gowns in his Spring Couture collection. The above is just a selection; all of them via Style.com. I find the collection unbelievably beautiful, and I do love it when a designer works all the way through an idea. However, I had to double check I hadn't posted a picture of the same dress twice - I feel that the collection may have made a stronger statement of glamour, beauty and the inherent grandeur and unattainabilty of couture, had the collection been edited. I think that's one of the reasons that Riccardo Tisci's couture collections for Givenchy have such an impact.
The above is an edit of the 10 Givenchy gowns for Spring Couture 2011. Considering the relevance (or lack there-of) of the continuation of couture in contemporary fashion is one of the themes I'm proposing for my PHD, so I'd be grateful to hear any of your thoughts.