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Can dormant beauty really be awakened by a Princely touch? The classic story of Sleeping Beauty has had us believing so for years. Now, spun as if by magic from the threads of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes the enchanting memoir of fashion designer Christian Lacroix—the haute couture icon whose creations have invited millions of women to enjoy  the fairy prince Can dormant beauty really be awakened by a Princely touch? The classic story of Sleeping Beauty has had us believing so for years. Now, spun as if by magic from the threads of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes the enchanting memoir of fashion designer Christian Lacroix—the haute couture icon whose creations have invited millions of women to enjoy  the fairy princess fashions of their dreams. Sorcery and style combine in this enchanting new twist on a time-honored tale; re-imagined by international bestselling author Camilla Morton, and illustrated by Monsieur Lacroix himself, the spell cast by Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty will reawaken every reader’s childhood fantasies—reassuring you that dreams really do come true…


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Can dormant beauty really be awakened by a Princely touch? The classic story of Sleeping Beauty has had us believing so for years. Now, spun as if by magic from the threads of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes the enchanting memoir of fashion designer Christian Lacroix—the haute couture icon whose creations have invited millions of women to enjoy  the fairy prince Can dormant beauty really be awakened by a Princely touch? The classic story of Sleeping Beauty has had us believing so for years. Now, spun as if by magic from the threads of the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes the enchanting memoir of fashion designer Christian Lacroix—the haute couture icon whose creations have invited millions of women to enjoy  the fairy princess fashions of their dreams. Sorcery and style combine in this enchanting new twist on a time-honored tale; re-imagined by international bestselling author Camilla Morton, and illustrated by Monsieur Lacroix himself, the spell cast by Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty will reawaken every reader’s childhood fantasies—reassuring you that dreams really do come true…

30 review for Christian Lacroix and the Tale of Sleeping Beauty: A Fashion Fairy Tale Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don't know anything about the fashion industry so I didn't know Christian Lacroix is a real person until I read his timeline at the end of the book. This book was clearly written by a fan of his. Sleeping Beauty is shut up in a castle for her protection until she turns 16, but she has a magical globe that lets her see the outside world and she watches Christian as he grows from childhood where he just like to draw pictures of fashions, to becoming a major fashion designer. Oddly enough he desi I don't know anything about the fashion industry so I didn't know Christian Lacroix is a real person until I read his timeline at the end of the book. This book was clearly written by a fan of his. Sleeping Beauty is shut up in a castle for her protection until she turns 16, but she has a magical globe that lets her see the outside world and she watches Christian as he grows from childhood where he just like to draw pictures of fashions, to becoming a major fashion designer. Oddly enough he designs always seem to be made just for her. Christian gets married to someone else, so the romantic aspect isn't there when he wakes Sleeping Beauty from her sleep. It was okay. I didn't care for the illustrations though; most of them were splashes of color with black outlines of the people.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Madelena Montiel

    A collaboration between a mismatched pair: I couldn't read it. I enjoy fashion but didn't find the story interesting at all and dropped out in the middle of the book. (And I read a lot.) What I did enjoy was Christian Lacroix's amazing work. I'll use this book for visual inspiration because it is!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    This is a cute variation on the Sleeping Beauty legend, with numerous allusions to the fashion world. The Prince of this story is, of course, designer Christian Lacroix. The "A-list fairies" are invited to Beauty's Christening, but the Fairy of Seasons Past is angered that she is not offered a front row seat. Like the traditional fairy tale, the evil fairy curses Beauty to die from pricking her finger on a spinning needle on her sixteenth birthday. Beauty's parents ban all needles in the town, l This is a cute variation on the Sleeping Beauty legend, with numerous allusions to the fashion world. The Prince of this story is, of course, designer Christian Lacroix. The "A-list fairies" are invited to Beauty's Christening, but the Fairy of Seasons Past is angered that she is not offered a front row seat. Like the traditional fairy tale, the evil fairy curses Beauty to die from pricking her finger on a spinning needle on her sixteenth birthday. Beauty's parents ban all needles in the town, leading to boring, shapeless clothing throughout the land. The book takes real biographical elements of Christian Lacroix's life. His Golden Thimble award is used to save Sleeping Beauty, and the land is filled with beautiful, ornate clothing once more. The illustrations done by Lacroix are the highlight of this creative and beautiful book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce

    A very "pretty" book. Interesting concept of having a world class designer be the illustrator for this often told tale. Through the blending of Mr Lacroix"s fashion history with the tale of Sleeping Beuty, we see lots of illustrations that show the quirky designs of this fashion icon. With a bit of self praise (well maybe more than a bit), the book's lovely pages feature the couture styles that Mr Lacroix is known for. Is this a book of self love? Perhaps! It is certainly a novel way to let the A very "pretty" book. Interesting concept of having a world class designer be the illustrator for this often told tale. Through the blending of Mr Lacroix"s fashion history with the tale of Sleeping Beuty, we see lots of illustrations that show the quirky designs of this fashion icon. With a bit of self praise (well maybe more than a bit), the book's lovely pages feature the couture styles that Mr Lacroix is known for. Is this a book of self love? Perhaps! It is certainly a novel way to let the world see your style and accomplishments. I am not quite sure what or if many people would invest in this type book. Maybe those who like a coffee table type book, might find this book fits their needs. I myself, would certainly not have purchased it. I must confess that I won it and quite frankly do not know what to do with it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Redfox5

    This is a stunning book. Even if you never bothered to read the contents, you could spend quite abit of time admiring the cover and dust jacket. It's a beauty and it's not just beautiful on the outside. Take a peek inside and it's filled with colourful illustrations by Christian Lacroix, some are a little strange but others are gorgeous. This is a memoir told in the form of an illustrated fairytale, which is very apt for a fashion designer. I had never heard of Lacroix before picking up this boo This is a stunning book. Even if you never bothered to read the contents, you could spend quite abit of time admiring the cover and dust jacket. It's a beauty and it's not just beautiful on the outside. Take a peek inside and it's filled with colourful illustrations by Christian Lacroix, some are a little strange but others are gorgeous. This is a memoir told in the form of an illustrated fairytale, which is very apt for a fashion designer. I had never heard of Lacroix before picking up this book, since fashion does not interest me much but I loved this book. You do not have to be a fashionista to get something out of this charming book. Well worth a look.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    This was a very interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty.It is the life story of christian Lacroix's early upbringing and fashion influences, it's also the tale of Beauty, a young woman who is trapped by the endless protocol and restrictions of royalty. Beauty's only relief from tedium is loking through a snowglobe that shows her other worlds.Her favorite world is the one inhabited by young Christian. Beauty watches him grow in talent and fame until a curse from her past catches up with her. Now This was a very interesting retelling of Sleeping Beauty.It is the life story of christian Lacroix's early upbringing and fashion influences, it's also the tale of Beauty, a young woman who is trapped by the endless protocol and restrictions of royalty. Beauty's only relief from tedium is loking through a snowglobe that shows her other worlds.Her favorite world is the one inhabited by young Christian. Beauty watches him grow in talent and fame until a curse from her past catches up with her. Now the bow she has watched grow up may be the only one to rescue her. The drawings in this were very unique and the story had a nice ending.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Lucky find on a Dymock's sale table....A visual feast for the eyes! Not really high quality literature but quite a novel way to present a bio of an amazingly talented designer. Told by Camilla Morton as a fairy tale memoir based on the Tale of Sleeping Beauty. Really enjoyed poring over the extraordinary illustrations by Christian Lacroix himself. The timeline of his achievements thus far (in an appendix) also shows what an amazing talent Lacroix is.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Beth Schneider

    This is an extremely short story and I truly don't understand why it was published. It was added to our Kindle account by my sister, who admittedly is much more into fashion than I. I suppose I can't complain too much about it as it only took about 20 minutes to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    What a great retelling of a classic fairytale. The illustrations are beautiful. You don't necessarily have to be into fashion to enjoy this book. If you have a spare hour you should definately read this book. Looking forward to others in the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kerfe

    Christian Lacroix illustrated this fluffy adaptation of the fairy tale that incorporates biographical fashion elements into Sleeping Beauty's story. A combination of drawing, painting, and photo collage, his part of the creation here is, as always, worth a look.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laureen

    this was a perfect mash-up of Christian Lacroix and Sleeping Beauty! Can't wait to read the others!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hungria

    Gosta de contos de fada? Curte ilustrações? E moda? Esse livro reúne tudo isso. Must read!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This is such a cute story, and I linked it alot! But not quite A's much as the one about Manolo Blahnik ;)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Schuttler

    Interesting combination of a fairy tale and the memoirs of Christian Lacroix. It was done in such a way that anyone could read the story...kids, teens or adults. It was short and sweet.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides

    I don't think I actually want to read this, at least not anytime soon, but it's interesting to know that it exists.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Pinky

    What a magical little book. The story of Sleeping Beauty retold with designer Christian Lacroix thrown into the mix. Illustrated by c.l. - amazing. Love the sequin fairy.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tiana ♥ peonybelle

    A very sweet and seamless blend of fashion and fairy tales (two of my greatest loves).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Laura

    Fun, light reading. Awesome illustrations and art work.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Sometimes a girl just needs to read a silly fairytale...Gorgeous illustrations by Christian Lacroix.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    A different sort of fairy tale richly illustrated by renowned French fashion designer Christian Lacroix. Explores the dearth of fashion when all needles are outlawed to keep Beauty alive.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    An endearing memoir inspired by Sleeping Beauty set in the world of fashion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Invisible Princess

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul Coccia

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yaelle

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tasha

  29. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Chu

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

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