A native of Arles, French fashion designer Christian Lacroix studied art history and historical costume design in Montpellier and Paris, with the aspiration of being a museum curator. He began his professional career in fashion with Hermès and presented his first haute-couture collection in 1981 under the Jean Patou label to wide acclaim. Lacroix opened his own haute-couture house in 1987, the first to be opened in Paris in two decades, and launched his first ready-to-wear and accessories collections in 1989. Known for his theatrical style—cinema, theater, and opera have been influences since his childhood—and bold use of color, Lacroix is the creator of the “le pouf” dress and his expanded his career into interior design, cosmetics, and costumes for ballet, theater, and opera. He began designing opera costumes in 2003 with a production of Il Re Pastore at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels and has since created costumes for more than fifteen productions, including Die Frau ohne Schatten and Così fan tutte, also in Brussels; Roméo et Juliette at Paris’s Opéra-Comique; Aida in Cologne; Don Pasquale for Paris Opera; and Adriana Lecouvreur in Frankfurt. Upcoming opera projects include Madama Butterfly in Hamburg and Les Pêcheurs de Perles in Strasbourg.