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Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top
Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top

Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix
F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top

$1,874.00

In July 1988, Christian Lacroix showed his third Haute Couture collection for Fall 1988 featuring a duchesse satin jacket embellished with a massive bejewelled cross embroidered by Lesage. Speaking to Vogue’s Laird Borrelli-Persson in 2019, Lacroix credited his hometown of Arles as inspiration for the collection, and described his moodboard as featuring ‘antique draperies; Roman, Gallo-Roman, and  Early Christian documents; plus many reliquaries; ecclesiastical art; religious masterpieces in the Byzantine style…I had the idea of having one of these famous crosses blown up on a simple duchess satin jacket. François Lesage embroidered it in a magnificent way.’ Enter Anna Wintour: for her first ever US Vogue cover for November 1988, the newly appointed editor caused an uproar by chosing an image of model Michaela Berçu wearing the couture Lacroix jacket with jeans. Shot by Peter Lindbergh & styled by Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, this marked the first time jeans appeared on a Vogue cover and the first time anyone mixed high-low in such a brazen manner.

The Haute Couture jacket became such an iconic piece for Lacroix that it was shown at The Met in 2018 as part of the exhibition ‘Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination’, and the bejewelled cross motif became such an instantly recognisable signature for the designer (whose name coincidentally translates to ‘the cross’) that it was rereleased under the Pret-a-Porter label as the world’s fanciest t-shirt. Liberally encrusted with faux jewels & pearls, it features slightly batwing sleeves and a classic crew neckline. A rare & highly collectible piece, this is made in Italy and is in excellent condition.

Reference Photos: (1-2) US Vogue November 1988, (3) Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Fashion Show F/W 1988, (4) Christian Lacroix Haute Couture Lookbook F/W 1988, (5) The Metropolitan Museum of Art 'Heavenly Bodies' Exhibition 2018

Marked size: IT 38/FR 36/ US 4

Best for: XS/S

Measurements (laid flat, fastened & unstretched): shoulder to shoulder: 17.5/45cm, bust: 18"/46.5cm, waist: 16"/41cm, length: 20.5″/52.5cm, sleeve length: 16.5"/42.5cm

Material: cotton

Condition: Excellent; extremely minimal signs of wear

Christian Lacroix <br> F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top

Christian Lacroix
F/W 1988 jewelled Byzantine cross top

$1,874.00