Lacroix Homeward Bound, Curates Arles Exhibit

Legendary fashion designer Christian Lacroix is giving back to his hometown this summer. Lacroix will be this year’s guest curator for the 39th edition of “Rencontres de Photographie d’Arles,” a summer photography exhibit that runs from July 8 through until September 14 in Arles, France. While Lacroix hasn’t returned to his hometown in nearly nine years, in an interview with Le Journal des Arts, he said, “Arles is a city you do things for notwithstanding, and one I keep coming back to.”

The show will host Lacroix’s rediscovered private photography collection and those of other Arles studio photographers. The show centers on Arles: the city and its history, the culture of Provence, bullfighting, the area’s industrial heritage and the “Trente Glorieuses”—France’s 30-year postwar boom—as seen from Arles. This, however, is not Lacroix’s first time as guest curator. The designer has most recently contributed to “Histoires de Mode” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs earlier this year as well as the new exhibition at the Musée Réattu on view now through October.