Christian Louboutin – Biography
1964 – Christian Louboutin is born and brought up in Paris’s 12th arrondissement.
1975 – On the wall of the African and Oceanic art Museum, Louboutin is struck by a strange drawing: a woman’s shoe with a sharp heel, slashed-out with a red line.
1980-1986 – Louboutin’s first job is at the Folies Bergères, the famous French Music Hall. He follows this apprenticeship by freelancing for Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Maud Frizon and other prestigious fashion houses.
1989 – Louboutin turns to garden design.
1992 – Creation of the Christian Louboutin brand, and opening of the first boutique in Paris.
1994 – Opening of the first New York City boutique.
1995 – For Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chloé, Azzaro, Diane Von Furstenberg, Victor & Rolf, Givenchy and Lanvin, Louboutin starts to contribute for couture and ready-to-wear seasons.
1996 – Louboutin receives a Fanny Award from the International Fashion Group.
2002 – At Yves Saint Laurent’s farewell haute-couture show, Louboutin creates a shoe for the finale. Referred to as « Christian Louboutin for Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture 1962-2002», it marks the only time that Saint Laurent associates his name with another designer. 2007 – Louboutin collaborates with director David Lynch on the exhibition « Fetish », which shows sexy one-off objects: fetishist shoes, photographed by Lynch.
2008 – New York’s Fashion Institue of Technology pays a tribute to Louboutin, mounting an important retrospective of his work. Later that year, Louboutin is the Star Honoree of the Fashion Group International as well as receiving a second Fanny Award.
Today, the Christian Louboutin brand can be found in twelve eponymous boutiques, 46 countries and in world famous department stores like Sak’s, Nieman-Marcus, Barney’s, Harvey Nichol’s, Bergdorf-Goodman, Joyce, Jeffrey’s… Louboutin also continues to create shoes for young and talented designers such as Rodarte and Roland Mouret.