Christian Lacroix on Fashion (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/4/6
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Christian Lacroix is one of the most inventive and admired fashion designers in the world, and he is also incredibly well-versed in fashion history. He brings that expertise to bear in this imaginary museum of historic and contemporary fashion, telling the story of fashion from the eighteenth century to the present day and illustrating it with examples of his own designs plus historic costumes from the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
There are few who won't be captivated by the color and life that springs from the pages.
There are few who won t be captivated by the color and life that springs from the pages."
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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.