Designer Spotlight: Christian Lacroix

French designer Christian Lacroix is a true maximalist who layers ruffles, prints, trim and bursts of joyous color into truly fabulous (AbFab, you might say) looks. I never realized how great Christian Lacroix was until looking him up just now - what's amazing is his 2000s-era collections are just as great as his debut in the 80's. Unlike a lot of designers, who simply adapt to the fashion world's whims, there is a consistency to his vision.

In 1991's Backlash, Susan Faludi notes that Lacroix started pushing pouf skirts and corset tops just as the woman's power suit became ubiquitous, arguing that it was a backlash against a rising tide of feminism. And Lacroix's true haute couture is more like wearable art than wearable clothes - the company never actually turned a profit, which isn't surprising, given the mind-blowing construction and intensive, highly-skilled work that must have gone into these garments.

But I feel like the goals of my (intersectional, which Faludi is not really credited for being) feminist dreamworld just involves people of all genders having the opportunity to look this epically colorful, glamorous and joyful.

 Am incredible dandy/clown ensemble from 1989

Am incredible dandy/clown ensemble from 1989

 A 1980s runway look

A 1980s runway look

 1996 and 1997

1996 and 1997

 2008

2008

 New romance/the pirate look done right from 1987

New romance/the pirate look done right from 1987

 Casual vacation look from 1992. Love the haughty stance!

Casual vacation look from 1992. Love the haughty stance!

 The colors! from 1999

The colors! from 1999