11 Feb '11, 9am

Lacroix celebrates allure of the Orient: French fashion designer Christian Lacroix poses next to traditional dre...

Lacroix celebrates allure of the Orient: French fashion designer Christian Lacroix poses next to traditional dre...

French fashion designer Christian Lacroix poses next to traditional dresses during an exhibition 'Women in Orient' at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. -- PHOTO: AP PARIS - THE Orient has long held a fascination for westerners, conjuring up exotic images from historic lands where few travellers ventured before the advent of trains and steamboats. As a child in the 1950s French couturier Christian Lacroix recalls the inscription on a monument in the port of Marseilles, 'Gateway to the East' was enough to fire his imagination and later inspire his designs. An exhibition at Quai Branly Museum in Paris, which he has helped curate, celebrates oriental women through some 150 examples of their traditional costumes, with their lavish embroidery and vibrant colours, from northern Syria to the Sinai peninsula. Curator Hana Chidiac, herself Lebanese, told AFP they deliberately avoided...

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