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Christian Lacroix on Fashion

Patrick Mauriès


Christian Lacroix casts his eye over the costume collections of the Musée des Art 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, colour, flowers, ethnic styles and so forth - and linked them with pieces from the museum collection.' - Christian Lacroix

Christian 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 delightful 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 colour and its texture; and the pieces are juxtaposed and photographed in a way that emphasizes their relationships across the centuries. Fashion is a fascinating story that never ends, and Christian Lacroix is the most seductive of storytellers.

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'A riot of glorious colour and historical cross-reference'
The Times

'Colourful and informative'
International Herald Tribune

'… one of the top fashion books of 2009'

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Further Details


Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 30.0 x 23.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 200

Publication date: 17 November 2008

ISBN: 9780500287972

About the Author

Christian Lacroix is one of the most fêted fashion designers of our times.

List of Contributors

Christian Lacroix, Olivier Saillard, Grégoire Alexandre, Béatrice Salmon