The dress above totally stirred a memory of a dress in the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute that I have seen:
Am I right?! The skirt part is very similar. The little blurb on Style.com said that Galliano visited the Costume Institute for research. He loves to pay tribute to Monsieur Dior, while making it modern, which is lovely. Valentino's new design team should take notes!
Images via Style.com and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (last image)