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Designer Christian Lacroix Essay

815 words - 4 pages

Tiffany Reynolds
Professor: Diane Maglio
Intro Fashion 101
3/24/2014

"Dare devil of Fashion"

Christian Marie Lacroix was born in 1951 in Arles, France. He attended the University of Montpellier where he received his degree in Arts. Shortly after he attended, Ecole du Louvre where he received training as a museum curator. With a love for art but no jobs available in his field he was able to move on and become a star. Christian became a designer who created costumes for the Paris and Metropolitan Opera ballet, uniforms for airline attendants and gowns for many celebrities. Lacroix became well known for his craft in the business and made an impact. From his "Over the top" couture ...view middle of the document...

He was free of restrictions and created designs that were "out of the ordinary". He was a true daredevil when it came to his couture pieces. He let his imagination run wild and many companies lined up to sell his work.
By the late 1980s, there were many new designers on the rise. They were introducing new creations to the market. Compared to the new styles Christians' designs weren't well received. His ready-to-wear collection did not match up to the new styles. He was still well known but every attempt to be on top; just wasn’t good enough. Lacroix loyal couture customers never left his side and by 1989, Christian launched his jewelry, handbags, shoes, glasses and ties but things were not the same.
In 2002 he accepted an offer to serve as the creative Director for the Italian house Emilio Pucci. He worked for the brand for a total of three years and in September 2005 he presented his final collection. With many ups and downs in his career Christian ended his business as a couturier in 2009 and filed for bankruptcy. The house of Lacroix then shut down because there were no buyers. With his commitment to the fashion world he returned two years later and presented a capsule collection for Desigual. In 2013 he returned to the salon to create fifteen couture pieces inspired by innovator Elsa Schiaparelli. For the re-launch of the house of Schiaparelli, Christian was the...

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