- ISBN 9780500287972
- 30.00 x 23.00 cm
- Paperback with flaps
- 200 Illustrations, 200 in colour
- First published 2008
‘A riot of glorious colour and historical cross-reference’ – The Times
‘Colourful and informative’ – International Herald Tribune
'… one of the top fashion books of 2009– whatswear.com
‘This is not a retrospective, but my own look at the costume collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs ... 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 ...’ – Christian Lacroix
Christian Lacroix is one of the most inventive and admired fashion 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 fashion.
Each featured piece – whether from the museum’s collection or the House of Lacroix – is distinguished by its cut, its detail, its colour and its texture; and the pieces are juxtaposed and photographed in a way that emphasizes their relationships across the centuries. Fashion is a fascinating story that never ends, and Christian Lacroix is the most seductive of storytellers.
Patrick Mauriès is the author of numerous books, including Cabinets of Curiosities. Olivier Saillard is a fashion historian and curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Grégoire Alexandre, a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de Photographie in Arles, is one of France’s most acclaimed fashion photographers.