Posted on 07 Jul 2012 at 7:49am

Christian Lacroix started his business in fashion industry in 1987 with the exhibition with the support of LVMH. His house was the first one which started haute couture house in Paris in 1965. He chose bustles, bows, corsets and crinolines which was painted by Boucher, Fragonard and Natttier in 18th century and added them with ruffles, feathers and fringes and the nomads of his own city Trinquetoulle, Provence. Puffball skirts designed by Christian Lacroix which is taffeta or satin balloon of cloth that collected a crinoline at the hem, reinvented the ball gown for the late 20th century.

Christian Lacroix was born on 16 May 1956 and then shifted to Paris in 1971 and got admission in Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre and also decided to become a museum curator. He also started designing first for Hermes in 1978, Guy Paulin in 1980 and then Patou in 1981 before selling it to Bernard Arnault belong to LVMH in 1987. Christian Lacroix inspiration was as broad as Arnault’s plans for the brand.

Christian Lacroix collection was set up in 1998 and diffusion line bazaar exhibited in 1994. Christian Lacroix sensibility to theatre, opera and ballet elegantly translated. He also worked for designing of ‘Les Enfants du Paradis’, ‘La Gaiete Parisienne’ and ‘Sheherazade’ production excellently and the corset which was jeweled used by Madonna for her reinvention tour in 2004.

Christian Lacroix got the job of creative director of Florentine print house Pucci in 2002 and in 2005, an American company; the Falic Group bought the fashion house of LVMH.


Ennio Capasa was born in 1960 at Puglia was very impressive by oriental culture since his early days and went Japan at the age of 18 before joining to Milan Academia di Belle Arti di Brera. After completing his graduation, Capasa was asked to return to Japan to get training from Yohji Yamamoto. He worked there for three years before establishing of brand Costume National in Milan in 1986 with his brother Carlo, working with Romeo Gigle and as a consultant to Dawn at Gucci.

The first Costume National ready to wear women collections was exhibited in 1987 along with a foot wear collection. For the display of  Capasa’s sensual collection for which Japanese designers requested for its exhibition in early ‘80s was not the welcomed in Milan. They decided to follow Yamamoto and Rei Kwakubo to exhibit their products in Paris in 1991. In 1993 they enhanced the men’s footwear range and ready to wear menswear collection.

Costume National combined bags, lingerie and leather items with Costume National Luxe in 2000 specifying the garments made up of costly and rare found items. Costume National has its own shoes factory in Padua and a leather treatment in Lecce which comprises third of the business run by the company. The company has its own stores in Milan, Rome, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Osaka and Hong Kong. In 2002company introduced fragrance products and after one more year set up eye glasses business.

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