Christian Lacroix

Fashion Designer / France /

Christian Lacroix’s Book List

Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Alexey Brodovitch.

23 books
Henny Harald Hansen

This was my very first book on the history of dress. It dates back from the 1950s. I consulted, studied, and scrutinized it on a daily basis during the earlier part of my career. A fundamental text for me.

Patrick Modiano

Modiano and I have the same passion for nostalgic details that conjure up otherworldly memories and forgotten gems from the past.

Julien Gracq

Along with Michel Tournier, Gracq is an author who creates a world in which I always feel at home.

Philippe Jullian

Jullian was a French illustrator, art historian, novelist, and dandy. My French teacher gave me this marvelous book (“Styles”) for my 15th birthday and it has been one of my very favorite publications ever since. Patrick Mauriès and I took the liberty of writing a sequel, titled Styles d’aujourd’hui (“Styles of Today").

Irving Penn

Penn is the absolute master of capturing still life and fashion.

François Boucher

A book (“History of Western Dress”) I bought with my meager savings when I was young. It’s one of those volumes I keep handy on my desk at all times.

Emmanuel Berl

This is the first book I ever bought. I purchased it with my pocket money when I was ten years old. The book (whose title translates as “100 Years of French History”) contains lots of old photographs and prints about art and French history.

James N. Danziger

My Fair Lady was a momentous film for me. All through my youth, I was fascinated by Beaton’s costumes, his drawings, his stage sets, and his photographs, of course. As a result, I was a self-styled Anglophile, in love with London.

Joseph Delteil

Jeanne d’Arc (1925) is the only book by the French surrealist author Delteil that has been translated into English. He wrote 33 books and worked on the script for Carl Dreyer’s famous film The Passion of Joan of Arc (1927). I love everything Delteil wrote, because of the poetry of his prose, his way with words, and his unique use of language. His work inspired me when I discovered it in 1969, and has been a source of enchantment ever since.

Guillaume Dustan

The French journalist's fictionalized memoir.

Jean Cocteau

Cocteau’s intimate journal (1955) published posthumously under the title Le passé défini (“The Past Defined,” not translated into English). His lies tell the truth.

Dominique Aubier

My grandmother had given this book on Spain and bullfights to my dad for Christmas. One of my most treasured possessions to this day, it has a striking cover design after a lithograph by Picasso.

William Kerry Purcell

The Bible! The best book about art direction, layouts, graphic design. Always contemporary, never dated.

Cecil Beaton
Truman Capote

See my comments on Beaton: The Art of the Scrapbook.

Roland Barthes

Barthes is the one philosopher of my generation to write eloquently about fashion, photography, and the visual arts.

Sarah Tomerlin Lee Editor

This was of one my favorite books in the 1980s, always on my bedside table. I found it in New York in a secondhand bookstore and it was an instant revelation. I knew nothing of American fashion designers in the 1930s, ‘40s, and ‘50s. My only U.S. fashion reference had been costume designer Adrian!

Georges Perec

A master of language whose work I find utterly seductive. (The title of the book, not available in English, translates as “I Remember.”)

Patrick Modiano

One of French novelist Modiano's latest novels (1997). See my comment on Villa Triste.

Patrick Mauriès

Mauriès is my astrological twin, a scholarly wordsmith with whom I share a love of everything that’s ephemeral and fleeting. He is essential to me because he knows how to capture the nuances of how I feel. (The title of the book, not available in English, translates as "Vertigo.")

Michel Tournier

See my comment on Le rivage des Syrtes.

Brendan Gill
Jerome Zerbe

I found this book in New York in a secondhand store at the end of the 1970s.

Richard Avedon

Avedon is a master of fashion photography.

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