Christian Lacroix on Fashion

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Thames & Hudson, 2008 - Design - 238 pages
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"This is not a retrospective, but my own look at the costume collections of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, 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 Maison 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 fasion 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 fasion. Each featured piece-whether from the museum's collection or the Maison 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 relationship across the centuries.Patrick Mauries is the author of numerous books, including Cabinets of Curiosities. Olivier Saillard is a fashion historian and curator at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.

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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 ... Read full review


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Camilla Morton is a London-based fashion writer and the author of the international bestseller "How to Walk in High Heels", which has been translated into twenty languages worldwide. She was the runway reporter for U.K., covering all international and couture collections. Morton has collaborated with several designers and written for magazines, newspapers and blogs, including "Time" magazine's "Style and Design," SHOWStudio, the "Wall Street Journal"'s "Off Duty" section, and "Harper's Bazaar" in both the U.S. and the U.K. This is her fifth book.

Diane von FUrstenberg arrived in New York in 1970 with a suitcase full of her iconic wrap dresses and changed the way women dressed. DVF has pioneered fashion and business, built and sold a cosmetics company and founded a publishing house, and she supports many philanthropic causes--especially for women and the environment. DVF returned from a hiatus to fashion in 1997, relaunching the signature wrap to international acclaim. In 2005 the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the following year named her as the Council President.

Patrick Mauriès is the author of Cabinets of Curiosities and founder of LePromeneur, a Parisian publishing house that has restored authors bothancient and modern to their place in the literary world.

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

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