Monday, March 7, 2011
Around the same time, he met Jean-Jacques Picart. Picart was press attache for several haute couture houses and provided aid in gaining Christian Lacroix a job working at Hermès in 1978, where he worked on color schemes and the execution of designs, and then Guy Paulin in 1980. After graduating from the École du Louvre, in 1981 he started working at Jean Patou, where he worked until 1987.With help from Jean-Jacques Picart, Lacroix mange to put out season after season of popular clothing. Bright colors, luxuriance, and perfection made Lacroix and Picart popular designers of the time.Later, Lacroix would gain the award for "most influential designer" by the CFDA for foreign designer in January 1987.
In 1987 he opened his own couture house. He began putting out ready-to-wear in 1988 drawing inspiration from diverse cultures. Critics commented that he did not seem to understand the type of clothing the working woman needed. In 1989, Lacroix launched jewelry, handbags, shoes, glasses, scarves and ties (along with ready-to-wear). In this same year, he opened boutiques within Paris, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Toulouse, London, Geneva and Japan.With his background in historical costume and clothing, Lacroix soon made headlines with his opulent, fantasy creations, including the short puffball skirt ("le pouf"), rose prints, and low décolleté necklines. He quoted widely from other styles—from fashion history (the corset and the crinoline), from folklore, and from many parts of the world—and he mixed his quotations in a topsy-turvy manner. He favored the hot colors of the Mediterranean region, a hodgepodge of patterns, and experimental fabrics, sometimes handwoven in local workshops.
Madonna in a LaCroix bustier for her premiere concert to VOGUE!
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Sequins and Feathers. Chic and Glamour. Dark & Mysterious. Gothic and Class. Eye Shadows and Lipsticks. 3 fabulous models, Lena, Mel and Courtney were in town from the agency during New York Fashion Week. Steven Larson and I finally decided to do a big shoot at the rental studio in the village with those beautiful ladies from different countries. Lena from Poland. Mel from Italy and Courtney from London. Steven Larson from London flew in New York for several weeks for several projects. Steven and I never worked together, we met thru our friends, makeup artist Caylie who I worked with at Bob Mackie. Steven emailed me and asked if i was free to give him my ideas and designs and his comments to my design was, "Cirque Du Soliel!" and I was like...Mmmmmmm LOVE IT! my name of this collection!
The photoshoot was glamourously fun, but it was a long day at the studio in the village. First I had my dearest makeup artist friend Legend (pronounce Lee/gin) meet the models at the studio and do his creative magic with his talents in makeup which took a good two hours, while I was finishing my morning class at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Steven looked through my inspirations and ideas and brought his ideas as well and the shoot was amazingly incredible. The 3 gorgeous supermodels and I became fast friends thru emails and yes, facebook as well. They even mentioned they wanna work with me again soon after they get more work in New York. I Love my Cirque Du Soliel collection! More to come with my website!
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