Christian Lacroix is a French fashion designer. The name may also refer to the company he founded.Lacroix was born in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhone in southern France. At a young age he began sketching historical costumes and fashions. Lacroix graduated from high school in 1969 and moved to Montpellier, to study Art History at the University of Montpellier.
In 1971, he enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris. While working on a dissertation on dress in French 18th-century painting, Lacroix also pursued a program in museum studies at the Ecole du Louvre.
His aspiration during this time was to become a museum curator. It was during this time he met his future wife Francoise Rosenthiel, whom he married in 1974.