I went to Arles this afternoon. This is an old town, founded by Romans: with the Rhone running in the middle:
and lots of beautiful old houses:
It is also the town where Christian Lacroix was born, and from which he takes his inspiration to create dresses and jewels. This year, he has been invited to reorganized a museum (Musée Réattu) where he spent many hours as a teenager. He has selected pieces of art from artists he loves. Those pieces, and some of his dresses, jewels, etc are exhibited in this old museum.
It is quite amazing. Unfortunately, pictures were not allowed inside. But I found a link to a diaporama:
The dresses do carry the Arlesian tradition, even though they are very modern too. It is amazing how he achieved the mixture between past and present in them. And they are always full of contrasts, either in colors or in textures (silk mixed with felt, knitting with high-couture embroidery, etc...). They are all gorgeous, most of them with large footages of fabrics. The whole exhibition is homogeneous, in theme, inspiration, colors. Christian Lacroix has presented us with his culture. He would be a great example to follow in our Studio Journal course :-) (yes, there were some of his sketchbooks too).