It may be a new year but I’m definitely continuing on with a project started last year: the Designer Crochet Project. We’ve already looked at crochet designs and possibilities in the works of five designers (Alexander McQueen, Andre Courreges, Azzedine Alaia, Calvin Klein and Christian Dior). That leaves 45 more to go so we’ll continue on with the next designer on the list: Christian Lacroix.

Fashion Designer Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix was born in France in the early 1950’s. In the 1980’s he hit the fashion scene with some amazing haute couture dresses, skipping the usual designer process of making ready-to-wear-collections before heading into haute couture. During an era when most fashion designers were putting out “power suit” style dresses, Lacroix encouraged women to play with fashion and to use true imagination to enjoy opulent clothing. Lacroix hadn’t even intended to go into fashion at first. He wanted to be a museum curator but life took its twists and turns and his fashion-forward wife Francoise Rosentheil introduced him to her boss who introduced Lacroix to the Paris haute couture scene. The rest is history. His fashions were an immediate hit. Unfortunately, these designs were expensive one-of-a-kind art pieces that people loved but didn’t necessarily buy. His fashion house was open for twenty two years but never once turned a profit and ended up closing in May 2009.

Christian Lacroix Crochet

Lacroix crochet and knit top (via Glisters and Blisters)

Christian Lacroix 3-piece metallic crochet dress with large sequins

2-piece crochet sweater set from Christian Lacroix

Lacroix Silk Dress with Crochet Bib

Crochet Worn with Lacroix Designs

Christian Lacroix Waistcoat complemented by crochet bag (Via Mis Papelicos)

Vintage crochet top complemented by Lacroix necklace (Via Parisian Street Society)

Fabulous Designs that Should be Reinvented in Crochet

This Lacroix knit dress would be fun to reinvent using crochet motifs!

The floral details on this Lacroix dress lend themselves to crochet replication.

Lace designs like this Lacroix dress lend themselves well to recreation by savvy crochet designers.

What’s your take on Christian Lacroix’s colorful designs?


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