5 Things To Know About Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix in 2008
Christian Lacroix in 2008 | © Florian Vincent/WikiCommons
Paul McQueen

‘Lacroix, sweetie’, are the legendary words from the mouth of Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous that have come to immortalize the French designer as the go-to name for 90s fashion. Christian Marie Marc Lacroix, a graduate in Art History from the University of Montpellier, became famous around the world for his opulent, theatrical designs completely at odds with everything else on the catwalks at the time. From redefining style in the 80s through financial hardships and the redirection of his talents, read on for a five-step history of a true French revolutionary and the brand he created.

It All Started With A Pouf

In 1987, Christian Lacroix launched his eponymous fashion house with the backing of LVMH magnate Bernard Arnault and his first haute couture show was a runaway success. Critics, so used to the minimalist Japanese aesthetic that had dominated the scene throughout the decade, were blown away by its playfulness with colors, fabrics, intricate detailing and theatricality. Central to the Parisian’s collection was the pouf, an inventive, exaggeratedly puffy skirt, which set down a marker for a new era in fashion. Hailed as a design savior, Lacroix quickly expanded his operations to include a ready-to-wear line, jeans, perfume, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, and homeware.

An Enduring Icon

http://instagram.com/p/BDksbFPFe_k/?tagged=myvogue100

It Almost Ended With A Crash

Lacroix never managed to translate critical success into profitability. In short, his designs were too expensive to produce and too impractical to wear. Following the financial crisis, the French fashion house filed for bankruptcy in 2009 having made losses throughout its 22-year lifetime of approximately 150 million euros. The new owners of the label, the Falic Group, managed to secure its survival in a much-reduced form – the workforce went from 120 to around a dozen and the lines were restricted to perfumes and accessories – with the designer walking away completely in 2010. He continues to design womenswear, notably in partnership with Desigual.

Also An Interior Designer

As well as on the runway, Lacroix has applied his love and expert knowledge of art history and costume design to interiors. He has been behind the complete renovation of several boutique hotels, some of which can be visited here in Paris including the Hotel du Petit Moulin in the Marais, the Hotel Notre-Dame near Saint-Michel and the Hotel Bellechasse in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Christian Lacroix Goes On Without Christian Lacroix

Since Lacroix’s departure in 2010, longtime employee Sacha Walckhoff has taken over as creative director at Christian Lacroix. The brand focused at first on homeware and fashion accessories and successfully relaunched its menswear collection for Spring-Summer 2016. The future is once again looking bright for this most iconic of French fashion houses and who knows, a new ready-to-wear or haute couture line could be right around the corner.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article