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A Possible “Goodbye” to Lacroix

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With the 1980s inspiring modern high fashion, one would think that Christian Lacroix would be hanging on through hard times. However, the king of ‘80s dresses and the house responsible for much of the iconic fashion excess of the Reagan years filed for Bankruptcy today. The future of the brand has yet to be determined, but even a restructured Lacroix would likely never be the same. Lacroix was the last couture house established under formal couture guidelines and any modern business plan to save the company is sure to lose some of the art of real couture. So, even as the ‘80s rise, an extremely gilded sun seems to be setting on the house of Lacroix. Pictured above is Nan Kempner in a ’80s Lacroix dinner jacket.

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Above: Two early 1980s Christian Lacroix ombre gowns.

 

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Above: Dita Von Teese in vintage Lacroix.

For full New York Times coverage on the event, go to:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/29/business/global/29lacroix.html?_r=1&hp

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