Christian Lacroix was born on May 16, 1951 in Arles, France.
It was in Paris that he met Françoise, his future wife, who encouraged him to draw and Jean-Jacques Picart, an advisor to several Designers and Haute Couture Houses, who found him a job at Hermès in 1978 and then with Guy Paulin in 1980.
After collaboration with Jean-Jacques Picart he took up the challenge of Haute Couture.
Both designers managed to define 1980s fashion with bright colors and extravagance.
In 1986 they were awarded their first Dé d’Or and in 1987 they received the Award for the most influential foreign designer, given by the CFDA in New York.
In 1987 after meeting Bernard Arnault, the House of Christian Lacroix was founded at 73 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré in Paris
His second collection, in January 1988, was awarded a Dé d’Or. 1988, Christian Lacroix created his first ready to wear fashion collection. The following year saw him move into accessories and open boutiques in France, UK, Switzerland and Japan.
In 1994, Christian Lacroix created his “Bazar” line this a third line of clothing ran alongside his ready-to wear and haute couture lines.
The following year witnessed the launch of the CL linen and towel collection. By 1996 Christian Lacroix had created a jeans collection and after collaboration with the Christofle House 1997 saw an Art de la Table collection.
The last year of the nineties saw him launch Christian Lacroix.
In 2009 the fashion house, owned by duty-free retailer Falic Fashion Group, put the business into administration and laid off all but 12 workers. Lacroix’s A/W 2009 Haute Couture was privately financed by Lacroix and each model was paid €50. “I didn’t want to cry,” said Lacroix “I want to continue, maybe in a different way, with a small atelier. What I really care about is the women who do this work” Lacroix said about his last Haute Couture collection. Throughout its history it never turned a profit and reported a €10 million loss in 2008.