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Suzy Menkes: Christian Lacroix A/W 89 Haute Couture

by Suzy Menkes on 10 April 2020

‘Every flower in the hair, every fur trim, all these things were part of telling a whole story. There’s one thing about this early Christian Lacroix show which is so exceptional: a sense of joy.'

The esteemed fashion editor and critic recalls Christian Lacroix's A/W 89 haute couture show, detailing why the designer was foremost an artist drawing on childhood memories. Looking back to her first round of shows as a reporter, Menkes describes how Lacroix created approachable clothes rooted in a sense of colour, texture and ultimately, joy. Giving a glimpse into the world of couture in the eighties, Menkes recalls what it meant to both fashion buyers and the French nation.

‘Every flower in the hair, every fur trim, all these things were part of telling a whole story. There’s one thing about this early Christian Lacroix show which is so exceptional: a sense of joy.'

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