Couturier Christain Lacroix has re-emerged into the world of fashion paying tribute to late larger-than-life designer Elsa Schiaparelli with a collection of 18 ensembles, Women’s Wear Daily is reporting.
The irony isn’t lost on us that Lacroix will present his one-time tribute to the Italian designer at Les Art Decoratifs in Paris where he showed his last collection in July 2009 before losing his namesake brand due to bankruptcy. The pieces will be exhibited on mannequins that resemble Schiaparelli’s face as the opening act for Paris Couture Week next Monday the late designer served as one of the subjects of last year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition. Lacroix said the he will focus on Schiaparelli’s “defining silhouettes like the A-line, sari, and bustle.”
“You couldn’t help being impressed by her daring,” Lacroix told WWD. “She was always inspired by the history of costume, and ethnic clothing. Without being pretentious, it’s exactly the way I like to do fashion, mixing countries and periods and putting them together in a nowadays way.”
We can see exactly how that translates to the pieces when the exhibit opens to the public (by appointment only) at 21 Place Vendome in Paris.
You can’t help but to be excited about Diego Della Valle reviving Schiaperelli’s line with a kick-off like this!