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French Riviera

JCDC Resort 15

The Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Resort 2015 Collection is a tribute to the lifestyle on the French Riviera.

Other French Riviera-influenced collections : Badgley Mischka Spring/Summer 2014 (this show was based on Jacques Henri Lartigue’s ’20s pictures of women relaxing on the French Riviera), Bibhu Mohapatra Resort 2012 (this collection drew inspiration from vintage postcards from the French Riviera in the ’50s), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2011 (this show was an homage to Saint-Tropez), Chanel by Karl Lagerfeld Resort 2012 (presented in Antibes, this collection highlighted the differences between 2 cities from the French Riviera, Saint-Tropez and Antibes), D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009 and D&G by Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer 2009 Menswear (these shows were influenced by the French Riviera), Jill Stuart Resort 2012 (the theme of this collection was « Lolita on the French Riviera »), L’Wren Scott Spring/Summer 2012 (titled « Beau Monde », this show was influenced by the beautiful people on the French Riviera in the Glamour Era), Missoni Resort 2014 (this collection was a tribute to French actresses exposing themselves to the sun in the Côte d’Azur), Peter Som Spring/Summer 2003 (this show took its cues from Jacques Henri Lartigue’s photographs of the French Riviera in the interwar period).

Photo : Courtesy of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac


Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Places


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Meret Oppenheim

JCDC AW1415The strong use of femininity in Meret Oppenheim’s surrealist art has influenced the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2014-2015 Show, titled « Sportsoir ».

Another Meret Oppenheim-inspired collection : Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (Meret Oppenheim was referenced in this show).

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni




Posted by on March 6, 2014 in Art


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JCDC AW78 Blondie

One minidress in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 Show paid homage to Blondie.

Another Blondie-inspired collection : A.L.C. Autumn/Winter 2013-2014 (the starting point of this collection, designed by Andrea Lieberman, was a picture of Blondie’s Debbie Harry looking tough in Amos Poe’s « The Foreigner » film).

To read about other Blondie or Debbie Harry-inspired collections or items, search for the « Debbie Harry » post that I have published on November 8, 2012.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Music


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Muhammad Ali

JCDC SS8 Muhammad Ali

One dress paid homage to Muhammad Ali in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2008 Show, named « Sportacus ».

Furthermore, Muhammad Ali starred, with his grandson, in Louis Vuitton’s Annie Leibovitz-shot « Core Values » campaign, which was unveiled on June 15, 2012.

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Posted by on December 24, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

JCDC AW1112 Ingres

Man Ray’s photographic tribute to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, « Ingres’s Violin / Le Violon d’Ingres », was referenced in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Show, titled « Woman / Ray ».

Some Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres-inspired collections : BodyAmr Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (this collection paid homage to Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s « The Big Odalisque / La Grande Odalisque » painting), Elisabeth de Senneville Spring/Summer 1989 (this collection featured printed images which reproduced Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s « The Turkish Bath / Le Bain turc » work), Maryam Keyhani Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (for this collection, which honored Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s color palette, Maryam Keyhani started sketching on top of the neoclassical painter’s portraits), Pleats Please by Issey Miyake Autumn/Winter 1996-1997 (the N° 1 « Guest Artist Series », in collaboration with Yasumasa Morimura, featured prints that were based on Yasumasa Morimura’s photographs, which were originally influenced by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s  « Odalisque » artwork).

To read about other Man Ray-inspired collections, search for the « Man Ray » post that I have published on July 6, 2012.

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Posted by on December 22, 2013 in Art


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JCDC SS8 Cleopatra

One dress in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2008 Show, titled « Sportacus », paid tribute to Elizabeth Taylor in Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s « Cleopatra ».

Other « Cleopatra »-inspired items : Topshop Unique Spring/Summer 2012 (portraits of Elizabeth Taylor in « Cleopatra » were reproduced on the sweater and on the T-shirt of the 35th and 36th looks, and on the invitation for this show, whose theme was « ancient Egypt meets ’90s urban hip-hop scene »).

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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in Cinema


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Saturday Night Fever


One dress paid tribute to John Travolta in John Badham’s « Saturday Night Fever » in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 Show.

Another « Saturday Night Fever »-inspired outfit : A.W.A.K.E. by Natalia Alaverdian Spring/Summer 2013 (this collection featured a 3-piece white canvas suit that was, according to Natalia Alaverdian, « very Saturday Night Fever »).

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Posted by on December 3, 2013 in Cinema


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Gilbert & George

JCDC AW67 Gilbert & George

Gilbert & George were among the British heroes who were celebrated in the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Autumn/Winter 2006-2007 Show.

Some Gilbert & George-inspired collections or Gilbert & George’s collaborations : Comme des Garçons (in 1988, Gilbert & George were commissioned to produce 2 photographs for the 2nd issue of Comme des Garçons’ « Six » magazine), French Connection (French Connection sponsored Gilbert & George’s « Dirty Words » exhibition at London’s Serpentine Gallery, which was presented during the Summer of 2002), Philip Treacy (in 1998, Philip Treacy designed for Isabella Blow a pink duchess satin hat, decorated with green fluorescent ostrich feather, and pink and yellow goose feather, which was influenced by the Andy Warhol-style colors of Gilbert & George’s works), Pierre Hardy (the 5th « Nubuckorama » footwear line, « Nubuckorama Edition # 5 », launched in 2009, featured sneakers which were based upon Gilbert & George’s stained glass works), Tatty Devine (in 2008, Tatty Devine designed a Gilbert & George-influenced collection of accessories and objects, in collaboration with San Francisco’s de Young Gallery, to celebrate the museum’s « Gilbert & George » retrospective, which ran from February 16 to May 18, 2008).

Furthermore, Jean Paul Gaultier wrote a text about one of his favorite works, Gilbert & George’s « Street » painting, for an article which was published in the July 16, 2005 issue of « Le Figaro Magazine ».

Moreover, Viktor & Rolf are often dubbed the « Gilbert & George of fashion ».




Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Art


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Constantin Brancusi

JCDC SS14The « faces » motifs of the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2014 Show, drawn by the designer, evoke Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures.

Other Constantin Brancusi-influenced collections or items : Antonio Berardi Autumn/Winter 2007-2008 (the show notes mentioned Constantin Brancusi), Behnaz Sarafpour Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (this collection referenced Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures), Calvin Klein Collection by Francisco Costa Spring/Summer 2005 (the column dresses were based on Constantin Brancusi’s shapes), Casadei Spring/Summer 2009 (for this footwear line, Cesare Casadei took inspiration from Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures), Giambattista Valli Spring/Summer 2010 (Constantin Brancusi was one of the artists that Giambattista Valli mentioned backstage), Giorgio Armani (the bottles of the « Armani / Privé » fragrances, launched in December 2004, were based on Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures), Guerlain (the Lorenz Bäumer-designed « Rouge G » lipstick, released on April 1st, 2009, was partly inspired by Constantin Brancusi), Haider Ackermann Spring/Summer 2011 (the Eugene Souleiman-styled chignons of this show paid tribute to Constantin Brancusi), Jonathan Saunders Autumn/Winter 2008-2009 (Constantin Brancusi was the starting point of this show), Lady Gaga (the egg-shaped bottle of her perfume, « Fame », designed by Lady Gaga and Nick Knight, and launched on August 22, 2012, was influenced by Constantin Brancusi’s masterpieces), Maiyet Pre-Fall 2013 (the curves of Constantin Brancusi’s minimal sculptures influenced this collection), Peter Som Autumn/Winter 2012-2013 (some fabric mixes were partly based on Constantin Brancusi’s works), Salvatore Ferragamo by Cristina Ortiz Spring/Summer 2010 (Constantin Brancusi’s busts were referenced in this Africa-themed show), Stéphane Rolland Couture Spring/Summer 2009 (partly), Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2011 (the column dresses of this show were inspired by Constantin Brancusi’s sculptures).

Furthermore, Constantin Brancusi’s art was highlighted in the February-March 1999 issue of Trussardi’s International Review of Art and Culture, « Cahiers d’Art / Collezione MODA/I », which juxtaposed Constantin Brancusi’s most famous sculptures, such as « The Endless Column », and Trussardi-designed pieces.

Moreover, Karl Lagerfeld once said : « facebook® is a flawless object ; for me it’s like a Brancusi ».

Photo : Giovanni Giannoni



Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Art


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Donald Duck

JCDC SS10 Donald Duck

Donald Duck inspired various pieces of the Jean-Charles de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2010 Show.

Other Donald Duck-influenced items : Dolce & Gabbana Autumn/Winter 2004-2005 (look 30 : « Donald Duck » print on a T-shirt, under a sheer blouse), Iceberg (in the ’90s, Donald Duck was emblazoned on jeans and sweaters), JC/DC by JC de Castelbajac Spring/Summer 2010 (« Donald Duck » motifs), Karl Lagerfeld (in July 2004, to celebrate Donald Duck’s 70th birthday, Karl Lagerfeld dressed up Donald Duck as himself for a print on a T-shirt, in collaboration with Disneyland Resort Paris), Thomas Sabo Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 (« Donald Duck » charm, in collaboration with Disney).

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Posted by on September 1, 2013 in Comics


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