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Christian Does Dallas

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His label may be in liquidation, but Christian Lacroix is keeping busy. The couturier is exploring new opportunities for his talents, the latest of which—the Berlin State Opera’s production of the Handel opera Agrippina, with costumes by Lacroix—opens tonight. The over-the-top story is, as he describes it, is “very Dallas and Dynasty, a bitchy soap opera.” His costumes are hardly melodramatic, however, and are in keeping with the sober, almost minimalist spirit he began to explore in his final collection. Chatting over coffee, Lacroix confessed that, compared to previous costuming projects he has undertaken, “this time it’s closer than ever to the couture. You might have seen some of this in a show if I’d had one this season. I tried not to be caricatural, taking a different, more contemporary approach.” His pared-down take on Baroque styling would no doubt have had couture clients drooling. As it is, we’re sure his new front-row ladies will be just as impressed.

Photo: Monika Rittershaus

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