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Christian Lacroix is a haute couture fashion house, founded in 1987 by namesake Christian Lacroix. The brand is famous for its outlandish, opulent style. Christian Lacroix designs and produces clothing, accessories, shoes and handbags for women.

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About Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix was born in Arles, France in 1951. His interest in fashion began at a young age, when he would sketch designs of historical clothing and costumes. He studied Art History at university level, intending on becoming a museum curator before deciding upon a career in fashion. He launched his eponymous label, Christian Lacroix clothes, in 1987 with a ready-to-wear line appearing on shelves in 1988. Lacroix quickly garnered attention for his fairytale style of designing. Throughout his career he turned the wheels of many trends, including puffball skirts and décoletté necklines. He mixed historical fashion with other-worldly elements to turn fashion on its head and create designs that were nothing short of fantastic. He left his own brand in 2009, amid financial strife.

The Fairytale of Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix was founded in 1987 as a haute-couture label. Christian Lacroix’s dreamy designs were other-worldly at the time of the brand’s inception, and caught the eye of the public quickly. Over the next decade, it would expand beyond expectations. The brand released its first ready-to-wear line in 1988, and in 1989 ventured into Christian Lacroix handbags, shoes and accessories. In the same year, the brand opened up stores in Paris, London, Geneva and other locations. During the 1990s, the brand diversified and began producing other clothing lines, such as Christian Lacroix jeans which was launched in 1996. After the turn of the Millennium, the brand also began producing perfumes as well as a children’s line. Christian Lacroix was one of France’s most flawless fashion houses, but the cracks had started to show by the mid-2000s. Unfortunately, the brand was sold on amid financial struggles and repurposed as an accessories and fragrance supplier. Christian Lacroix no longer designs haute couture or ready-to-wear clothing.

Fun, Foolish Fashion

Lacroix’s style is utterly unique; the clash between his flair for the dramatic and his knowledge in fashion history is apparent in his designs. When the brand first began, his designs were decadent and eye-catching. He was responsible for the rise of the puffball skirt, arguably one of the biggest fashion crazes in recent decades. His designs were sometimes criticised for being impractical, but Lacroix himself has stated that haute couture fashion should be “fun, foolish and almost unwearable”. This attitude can certainly be seen through his use of fairy-like, feminine elements.

Christian Lacroix Today

Christian Lacroix women’s clothing is no longer under production. However, vintage pieces from the label have remained in high demand. Authentic Christian Lacroix accessories, clothing, shoes and bags are all available second-hand at All of our items are thoroughly checked for quality and authenticity.