galleryFashion's Hidden Equation12.18.09galleryFashion's Hidden EquationWhat really goes into making haute couture? From Dior’s chicken coop inspiration to Alexander McQueen’s sci-fi obsession, VIEW OUR GALLERY of how designers conjure up their looks.12.18.09 9:44 AM ETUngaroEmanuel Ungaro’s 2001 Spring Couture collection seemed to combine a memorable Simpsons character with a delicious dessert. Unfortunately his gypsy-like premonition didn't warn the house against their 2009 decision to appoint Lindsay Lohan as Artistic Director.Jeremy ScottAfter years of showing in Paris, in 2002 Jeremy Scott's show moved to New York—a city of skyscrapers and business sharks—which inspired his Fall Ready-to-wear collection.Alexander McQueenAeon Flux’s main animated character looked like a jumping-off point for Alexander McQueen’s 2003 Spring Ready-to-wear line. Throw in a little youth and the dashing countenance of Puss in Boots and voila—another striking collection.Christian DiorDoes John Galliano have a humble interest in sustainable farming? How else to explain the 2004 ensemble he created for Dior, which combines the fence of a chicken coop with headwear that would make Green Bay football fans proud.Basso and BrookeA rare Parasaurolophus traipsed across an exploding volcano to give inspiration for Basso & Brooke’s groundbreaking debut collection in 2005.Junya WatanabeA trip to the wilderness gave Junya Watanabe all the mental stimulation he needed to conjure up a slightly camouflaged frock for his 2006 Spring collection.Hussein ChayalanBritish designer Hussein Chalayan could have been spirited away by aliens in 2006 before he sent his models down the runway.Maison Martin MargielaTina Turner’s role in the cult classic Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome gave a little structure to Margiela’s 2008 Spring collection.BalenciagaNicolas Ghesquière must have wanted to relive his high school prom—with an under-the-sea theme—as seen in his 2009 Spring collection for Balenciaga. GivenchyThe short skirts of a young Sailor Moon character and the stark beauty of a sharpened black pencil combined flawlessly to form Givenchy’s 2010 collection.