Christian Lacroix on Fashion

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Christian Lacroix is one of the most inventive and admired fashion designers in the world, and he is also incredibly well-versed in fashion history. He brings that expertise to bear in this imaginary museum of historic and contemporary fashion, telling the story of fashion from the eighteenth century to the present day and illustrating it with examples of his own designs plus historic costumes from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris."This is not a retrospective, but my own look at the costume collections of ...

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Overview

Christian Lacroix is one of the most inventive and admired fashion designers in the world, and he is also incredibly well-versed in fashion history. He brings that expertise to bear in this imaginary museum of historic and contemporary fashion, telling the story of fashion from the eighteenth century to the present day and illustrating it with examples of his own designs plus historic costumes from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris."This is not a retrospective, but my own look at the costume collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, from which I chose pieces from all eras, some never before exhibited. I chose those that were most inspiring, those that best told the story of fashion that I would have wanted to tell if I were the museum curator that I intended to be when I was a student."My twenty years in the fashion business are another way of telling this story, and I selected the strongest designs from the haute couture collections of the House of Lacroix between 1987 and 2007, then arranged them according to themes—black and white, color, flowers, ethnic styles, and so forth—and linked them with pieces from the museum collection."—Christian LacroixChristian Lacroix is one of the most inventive and admired fashion designers in the world. He is also incredibly well-versed in fashion history, and he brings that expertise to bear in this delighful imaginary museum of historic and contemporary fashion. Each featured piece—whether from the museum's collection or the House of Lacroix—is distinguished by its cut, its detail, its color, and its texture; and the pieces are juxtaposed and photographed in a way that emphasizes their relationships across the centuries.

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Editorial Reviews

Zink Magazine
“There are few who won’t be captivated by the color and life that springs from the pages.”
Publishers Weekly

Published in conjunction with an exhibition at Paris's Musée des Arts Décoratifs, this handsome volume presents a selection of fashions by noted designer Lacroix together with dresses and gowns by great couturiers who have inspired him-Worth, Pasquier, Balmain, Lanvin, Schiaparelli, Dior and others. All the fashions have been chosen by Lacroix from the museum's collection and arranged by theme, such as colors, exotic styles, stripes, spots and sculpted shells. Lacroix introduces each motif with a few words about why it's important to him and discusses influences, such as his childhood in Provence, where he began drawing clothing at an early age, reveled in colors, and drew inspiration from the traditional costumes of Arles. "Haute couture should cling tightly to its obsession with the unusual," he states, and that maxim is amply realized in the extraordinary fashions shown from the past and from the House of Lacroix. Saillard, curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and Mauriès (Cabinets of Curiosities) explore the designer's work. The appeal of this beautifully designed book is enhanced by the inclusion of some of Lacroix's colorful sketches. (Apr.)

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Library Journal

Before becoming a fashion designer, Lacroix studied art and fashion history in his hometown of Arles and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris with the intention of becoming a museum curator. This book is published to accompany a recent exhibition at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, Paris, curated by Lacroix, who drew on the museum's permanent collection. Fascinated by the way fashions reflect one another and the way styles are revised and developed over time, Lacroix here takes a thematic rather than a chronological approach. He gathered designs from all eras in order to reflect themes that have inspired him, including color, texture, Spanish style, Arlésienne, polka dots, and black, playing clothes from his own collections off those in the museum's collection. He thoughtfully comments on the rationale behind his choices, revealing a great fashion designer's creative process and inspiration. A beautiful book with many color photographs, this is recommended for art and academic libraries that support programs in fashion and design.
—Sandra Rothenberg

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500287972
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/6/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Mauriès is a writer, publisher, and collector. His previous books include Jewelry by Chanel and Cabinets of Curiosities.

Olivier Saillard is a fashion historian and curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Beatrice Salmon Salmon, Beatrice 7

Inside the Collections Patrick Mauries Mauries, Patrick 9

Christian Lacroix, in his own fashion Olivier Saillard Saillard, Olivier 15

The Collections 24

Sketchbook 217

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