Portrait of Christian Lacroix: a look at his career and a panorama of his numerous creations, from the world of fashion to opera, the interior of TGV trains and the outfits of Air France employees.
A graduate in History of Art, Christian Lacroix was destined to be a museum curator after having passed through the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre. But his passion for suits and important meetings, like that of Jean-Jacques Picart, press-attaché of luxury housing, propelled him in to designer fashion.
He worked for Hermès and Jean Patou, before creating his own company in 1987, at the heart of the LVMH group, Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy. But in 2005, the Lacroix company was deemed not profitable enough for the world number one of luxury who resold it. The same year, the designer stopped working for the Italian company Pucci, which he had been the artistic director of for three years. Even if they are hard to wear, the Lacroix collections remain spectacular.
Born in 1951 in Trinquetaille, a village near to Arles where Van Gogh painted the bridge, the designer took inspiration from the Camargue, gypsy and Provencal traditions, as well as Madrid, Venice and London of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Luxurious, baroque and shimmering, his creations travel through time and space. They find their natural environment on the stages of the biggest theatres and operas of the world, for which Lacroix ceaselessly created stage costumes.