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Construction and Finishing Details on a Christian Lacroix Jacket

A beautiful Christian Lacroix jacket was recently gifted to me. Made in wool plaid, it features interesting trims, buttons, and lining. The former owner, Mrs. L.B., is equally interesting and beautiful. She grew up in Georgia and, after graduating from college as an art major, she took jobs and lived in Boston, then New York City. She worked with art dealers, specializing in 19th-century American paintings, and was neighbors and friends with Andy Warhol and Jamie Browning Wyeth, son of Andrew Wyeth.

Minimal shaping in Christian Lacroix jacket

This fabulous jacket was purchased in the ’80s from a showroom in New York. The hip-length garment has a boxy shape in order to better match and showcase the plaid, in my opinion. The only shaping I observed was from fish-eye darts in the jacket fronts.

The jacket back, cut on the fold, includes small darts at the back neck on either side of the center back.

Christrian Lacroix jacket on dress form, from the backl


Pockets and flaps

The right front features two pocket flaps cut on the bias.

 

The upper flap hides no pocket, but the lower one conceals a working single-welt pocket.

Close-up of single-welt pocket under flap on plaid jacket

At the lower left front, there’s a matching single-welt pocket with flap.


Buttons

The jacket closes with three covered buttons that showcase decorative passementerie in colors to match the plaid fabric.

Close-up of passementerie-embellished designer jacket button

 

Christian Lacroix jacket upper section close up

The upper collar is cut on the bias fold, and the undercollar is a standard bias version cut in two pieces. Applied fringe trim embellishes the collar’s outer edges. The trim’s colors mirror those in the jacket.

Close-up of back collar on plaid wool Christian Lacroix jacket

 

Sleeves

Each sleeve is one piece but has the look of a two-piece sleeve. The vertical seam is sewn where the inner seam on a two-piece sleeve typically would be, slightly forward of the underarm. There is a 9 1/2-inch dart…

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  1. cgincolorado | | #1

    This is a beautiful jacket, beautifully made. I love the care taken to match the plaid. Do you know if the fringe trim was made from the fabric? I could do without that black/silver trim, I think it detracts from the beauty of the jacket. Can you wear it?

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    pamhoward | | #2

    Hello! It appears to me that the trim wasn’t made from the jacket fabric. Yes, the black/silver trim is a little different than what I would have chosen; but I think it makes the jacket unique. Unfortunately, the jacket does not fit me. I will treasure it, as it was a gift😊

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