Christian Lacroix was born on May 16, 1951 in Aries, France, under the highly symbolic sign of Taurus. During his adolescence, he discovered a passion for Oscar Wilde and the Beatles' England as well as Barcelona and Venice. He later studied Art History at the University of Montpellier. In 1973, he continued his studies in Paris at both the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre, with the ambition to become a museum curator. In 1981, he began working at the Jean Patou House, and took up the challenge of Haute Couture, a profession that certain individuals claimed to be on the decline. In 1986, his work was awarded with a first "Golden Thimble", after which he received the Award for the most influential foreign designer, given by the CFDA in New York in January 1987. At that time Christian Lacroix met Bernard Arnault, who founded the house of Christian Lacroix; the first collection, in July 1987, highlighted eccentricity in opposition to the minimalism that was then in style. The second collection, in January 1988, was awarded with a "Golden Thimble". Today, the Christian Lacroix House boasts approximately 60 points of sale in France (either Christian Lacroix boutiques or sales areas within a department store). Christian Lacroix's notebook features collages produced by this great French couturier, whose passion for the practical dates back to his early childhood in Arles. And so, he perpetuates the mixture of cultures and styles, with that added touch of folly, which has marked his entire life's work.
Job: fashion designer