Although Christian has declared himself bancrupt, the Lacroix design brand has not completely expired. Lacroix still plans a small couture presentation in July and still hopes to continue production of it's ready-to-wear and Couture lines.
Lacroix has worked for years, proving his creative talent and design skills to make a success of the Christian Lacroix brand. From 1981 to 1987 Lacroix worked at the fashion house of Jean Patou, and in 1987 he opened his own couture and ready-to-wear business. 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.
Backstage at his recent fashion show for his Spring/Summer 09' line, Christian Lacroix said:
"When times are hard, the best medicine is to face the situation with guts, and your true personality"
Text: Claire Webb
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