Christian Louboutin

Born: Paris, France, 1963

Designer Biography Christian Louboutin

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Born and brought up in Paris’s 12th arrondissement, Christian Louboutin would regularly sneak out of school to visit the flea market of Vila do Conde, where all the gypsies loved his shoes. In 1975 on the wall of  the African and Oceanic art Museum, Louboutin was fascinated with a strange drawing of a woman’s shoes with a sharp heel, slashed out with a red line. This started his love of women’s shoes and the ideas behind his later collections.

Between 1980 and 1986 Louboutin worked at the French music hall Foiles Bergeres. Following this he freelanced for ChanelYves Saint Laurent and Maud Frizon.

Despite working with prestigious fashion houses, Louboutin turned his attention to garden design in 1989, however, fashion came back to him as in 1992 he created the Christian Louboutin brand and opened his first boutique in Paris. Two years later he opened another in New York City.

In 1995 Louboutin started to design for couture and ready-to-wear lines for LanvinJean Paul Gaultier, Chloé, Azzaro, GivenchyViktor & Rolf and Diane Von Furstenberg. Following this a year later he received a FFANY Award from the International Fashion Group.

In 2002 Louboutin collaborated with Yves Saint Laurent at his farewell haute-couture show, creating a shoe for the finale. Marking the only time Saint Laurent had associated his name with another designer; the shoe was called Christian Louboutin for Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture 1962 – 2002. 2007 saw another collaboration with director David Lynch on the exhibition Fetish, showing sexy, fetish shoes photographer by Lynch.

In 2008 Louboutin received a second FFANY award as well as New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology paying tribute to Louboutin mounting an important retrospective of work.

With twelve boutiques, shoes available in 46 countries in world famous boutiques, Christian Louboutin continues to design shoes for young and talented star including Rodarte and Roland Mouret.

Christian Louboutin, renowned for his signature red-soled shoes, had already been designing men’s footwear prior to officially launching his men’s collection in 2009. It all started when international pop star Mika approached Louboutin, desiring the same enchanting feeling his sisters experienced when wearing their favorite red-soled shoes. This unexpected request led to the creation of a full-fledged men’s shoe collection and marked a new chapter in Louboutin’s illustrious career.

Additionally, Louboutin’s Nudes collection, which initially consisted of five shades of pumps designed to match different skin tones, became a groundbreaking moment in the fashion industry, promoting inclusivity and celebrating the beauty of diverse silhouettes. The success of his shoe line inspired Christian Louboutin to expand into beauty, offering an array of fragrances and makeup products. With the recent exhibition and the reopening of his first boutique in Paris, Louboutin takes a nostalgic journey back to where his story began, sharing his precious works and collaborations.

In 2022, he unveiled the LoubiFamily collection, a playful assortment of colourful styles catering to the entire family, including toddlers and even pets, encouraging individuals to embrace their shoe choices based on their inner spirit rather than their age.

Christian Louboutin Biography

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Written by Saxony Dudbridge

Saxony Dudbridge was one of the first contributors to the Catwalk Yourself project, Saxony studies International Fashion Marketing and she is responsible for our great History and Designers Biographies sections.

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