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Christian Lacroix on Fashion Hardcover – April 1, 2008

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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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“A must-have for anyone with a love of fashion history.” (Vegas Magazine)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500513910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500513910
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert Foster on April 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I saw the Christian Lacroix exhibit in Paris last month. I spent much longer than I had planned savoring it and wished I had more time to linger there. This wonderful book has provided just that. The text is engaging and the photographs accurate representations of the exhibit. It was an extraordinary exhibit and this book accurately presents it. I recommend it to everyone interested in Christian Lacroix, fashion, embroidery, fabric and the needlearts. This one is a treasure.
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Format: Paperback
This is not really a book on Lacroix... certainly is the catalogue of a show held at the Musee de la mode et textil about him and his work. But as it says in the prologue he always wanted to be a curator... Then this is a book about a process! about how to develop an idea... and about how fashion thinks, reflects, and create from itself.

Is divided in several sections: White, colour, stripes, spots, checks-plaids and tartans, mixtures, flowers, history, ceremony, arlesienne, worn, back to front, graphics, lame, sculpted shells, patchwork, spanish, texture, cobwebs, unusual, the forgotten couturier, elsewhere and Black.

In each and every section we see many dresses of all other designer from all fashion history, and then in certain place (the end, beginning, or half of it) the actual clothes made by Lacroix with clear references at the chapter described. So you end solving equations in fashion through history.
In certain way this make the book difficult to read if you are not well versed in fashion history. To not know who is Vionnet, Worth, Mainbocher or Lanvin, would be the same as not know the characters and be able just to read the actions described: you loose the subtleness, the richness about this delicious book.

If you are a designer and want really to know how to be inspired through the use of history this is certainly your thing. But have in mind, this is a five star for the connoiseur but just a cute book with dresses for the common bystander. At the end there is a chapter with drawings of all the timeline in fashion evolution since middle age to 90's made by the hand of the man himself.
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Lots of pics with little text. If you are a lover of the 70-80's styles, this book is for you!
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