Christian Lacroix

Fashion Designer / France /

Christian Lacroix’s Book List

Richard Avedon, Cecil Beaton, Alexey Brodovitch.

8 books
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!

Richard Avedon

Avedon is a master of fashion photography.

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.

Cecil Beaton
Truman Capote

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

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.

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.

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").

Roland Barthes

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

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