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Christian Lacroix

French, b. 1951

At a time when sharp padded shoulders and crisp lines were trending, Christian Lacroix created venturesome clothing that was bubbly, flirtatious and exuberant.

The iconic French fashion designer, whose body of work includes handbags and purses, evening dresses, jackets and lots more, has always favored theater over fashion. He has long integrated corsets and bustles into his work, drawing on diverse cultures and citing epic historical dramas as inspirations. Today he is creating opera costumes, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that his colorful and voluminous garments captured the excesses and defined the extravagant frivolity of the 1980s as well as the sensuality and boldness of the 1990s.

Lacroix studied art history at the University of Montpellier and museum studies at École du Louvre and the Sorbonne in Paris. He aspired to become a museum curator or costume designer but instead entered the world of fashion, specifically haute couture, with the support of his now-wife Françoise Rosenthiel, who helped get his sketches to Hermès. Lacroix was offered an assistant job at the legendary luxury brand and later worked as a designer at the House of Patou in 1981.

Lacroix’s career flourished and his profile soared from then on, as he established his own label in 1987, using layers of fabric and consistently clashing prints in his designs for opulent pouf skirts, vibrant floral maxi day dresses as well as jewelry and watches that commanded attention. He created a ready-to-wear line for Italian manufacturer Genny and dressed dancers at the American Ballet Theatre company.

Lacroix became the artistic director of Italian fashion house Emilio Pucci in 2002, and, over time, he continued to secure work in the fields of theater, opera and other performance art, designing costumes for a range of stage productions. Alongside designs by Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld and others, Madonna wore a corset during her 2004 “Re-Invention World Tour” that was created for her by Lacroix.

Today, the maison founded by the designer in 1987 is owned by the Falic Fashion Group, but Lacroix continues to design womenswear for brands such as Desigual as well as for the stage. His larger-than-life aesthetic has also been translated into a range of accessories and fragrances as well as various interior furnishings such as tableware and household linens. Lacroix has completed interior design projects at a number of hotels and has partnered with the likes of Christofle and other firms over the years. In whatever form it takes, the sumptuousness and glamour of a Lacroix design is unmistakable.

Find a range of vintage Christian Lacroix clothing, jewelry and accessories on 1stDibs.

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$626
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Christian Lacroix Vintage Gold Toned Ribbon Cross Pendant
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN LACROIX vintage gold toned ribbon design cross pendant. Comes with a thin black strap (ties back). The pendant is marked CHRISTIAN LACROIX CL Made in France. Indicative ...
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20th Century Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix Vintage Gold Toned Door Knocker Heart Dangling Earrings
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN LACROIX vintage gold toned door knocker design dangling earrings (clip-on) featuring a textured heart embellished with clear crystal and topped by a seal embossed CHRISTIAN...
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20th Century Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroiix Vintage Jewelled Heart Dangle Earrings
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN LACROIX vintage heart dangle earrings (clip-on) embellished with multicolored crystals, glass beads and faux turquoise in a gold toned setting. Hearts are dangling. Marke...
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20th Century Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix Paris long clip-on ear heart with rhinestones in pink and gree
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Stuttgart, DE
A pair of very decorative Lacroix ear clips. On top the famous Lacroix heart, hanging from it a ball studded with rhinestones, then a set and cut green rectangular rhinestone stone a...
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1990s Artisan Christian Lacroix

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Crystal, Gold Plate

Christian Lacroix star brooch with glittering balls, gold toned Resin 1980/90s
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Stuttgart, DE
The allure of bold Costume Jewelry ! A very rare and unusual large brooch in the shape of a star by Christian Lacroix Paris. On the rays are glittering balls with cut rhinestones. Si...
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1980s Arts and Crafts Vintage Christian Lacroix

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Gold Plate

Christian Lacroix Vintage Iconic Roman Heart Medallion Brown Velvet Cuff
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN LACROIX vintage rare wide brown velvet cuff bracelet featuring raised and textured CHRISTIAN LACROIX emblems : star medallion, female and male Roman figure cameos, heart. ...
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20th Century Christian Lacroix

Christian Lacroix Vintage Limited Edition Noel 1997 Sacred Flaming Heart Brooch
By Christian Lacroix
Located in Nice, FR
CHRISTIAN LACROIX vintage bi-toned brooch featuring a Baroque sacred flaming heart. Limited edition designed for Christmas 1997. Embossed CHRISTIAN LACROIX CL Made in France and No...
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20th Century Christian Lacroix

1980's Vintage Lacroix Gold Heart Clip Earrings
By Christian Lacroix
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Christian Lacroix gold heart clip earrings Dim. 1.25x1 “, velvet pouch
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1980s Vintage Christian Lacroix

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Christian Lacroix jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Christian Lacroix jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gilt metal. While searching for the most fashionable Christian Lacroix antique or vintage jewellery to pair with your ensemble, you will find that Christian Lacroix crystal jewelry & watches from our inventory of 8 can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. This collection contains 312 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and contemporary are among the most popular styles of Christian Lacroix jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Marina J., Intini Jewels and Miriam Haskell. Price ranges for Christian Lacroix watches and jewelry may vary depending on gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $64 and tops out at $6,915, while pieces like these can sell for $750 on average.
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  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Christian Lacroix is a French fashion designer who started a fashion house under his name in 1987. Though it eventually folded in 2009, Lacroix’s imaginative and insouciant designs, particularly from the 1980s and 1990s, are highly sought after by collectors today. On 1stDibs, find a collection of expertly-vetted Christian Lacroix garments from some of the world’s top sellers.

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