Tartan Jacket designed by Christian Lacroix 

Paris, France

Date: c.1991

Origin: Paris, France

Venue: Gawthorpe Textiles Collection

This jacket appeared in the Autumn/Winter 1991-1992 Collection by French designer Christian Lacroix. The design has modernised the traditional tartan pattern, using embellishments like sequins and rhinestones to emphasise the pattern. The key features are the intricately embellished pockets with beads and sequins applied to follow the pattern of the underlying check. This embellishment was carried out by Maison Lesage, a famous Parisian embroidery house. 

Checks and plaid had a high fashion profile throughout the 1990s, from the music of grunge to the costumes for the film Clueless. The cut of the jacket still shows slightly oversize and boxy shoulders and a narrower fit over the hips with a silhouette transitioning from the late 1980s power tailoring to more relaxed shapes seen in the 1990s. 

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(2 comments)

Jamie-Rose

Fascinating use of sequins and beads, inspiring to see this – and the colours!

Mary-Ann Renton

I’d like to wear this one!

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