Finally, Lacroix makes money - literally!

13 July 2010

Christian Lacroix was always into bling (the antiquey baroque/ roccocco kind) so perhaps he has just landed his ultimate design gig. No, it's not creating Beyonce's tour wardrobe; the ex-courturier, whose fashion house finally closed its doors last year, has just been appointed Artistic Advisor at the Monnaie de Paris - the French royal mint.

While he's not being let loose on the economy's coins and notes just yet (each country that uses the euro has its own individual designs), he will be working on designs for special medals that are given out during marriages and civil unions, as well as some special limited edition coins.  

This got us thinking about other designers who could turn their style skills to creating cool currency. It's a no-brainer that Donatella should rework the famous Versace Medusa head for the perfect return to the lire. Why not get Marc Jacobs to work his Marc by Marc Jacobs colourful cartoony magic on those dull green dollar bills ? Meanwhile, Vivienne Westwood has spent so long playing with royal motifs such as crowns and orbs, that we would love to see them gracing our coinage. And what better tribute to the late, great, Alexander McQueen than having his intricate (forgery-proof) prints emblazoned accross the back of our pound notes? It's been said before that fashion is a license to print money. Now, for M. Lacroix at least, it seems like that really is true...


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