For Vogue, Lacroix was “Paris’ most talked about designer,” and The Sunday Times published with enthusiasm: “Vive Lacroix! There’s been nothing like it in 25 years.” The ’80s belonged to him.
Born in 1951 in Arles, France, young Lacroix, who from a young age wanted to be involved in fashion, was greatly influenced by the outfits of the then-popular Matadors and often recalls in interviews his young age admiration for bulls.
According to a family legend, when asked by his grandfather what he wanted to be when he grew up, four-year-old Christian replied: “Christian Dior”. Young Lacroix, therefore, decided to study the history of art and costume at Montpelier University, later finishing Sorbonne University and the Louvre Museum School.
“For me, being a museum curator was a childhood dream,” Lacroix highlighted in many interviews. After working at Hermès as a fashion assistant preparing illustrations, it was clear that his talent also translated into design. He applied his love and expertise of art to all his creations, meticulously playing with colour, exotic patterns and volume – mixing beading and embroidery with the most extravagant materials.
“For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.”