Lacroix was born in France, 05.16.1951. After graduating in high school in 1969, he studied at the Montepellier University, the Sorbonne and the Ecole du Louvre, because originally he wanted to become a museum curator. In these years, he met his later wife, Françoise, and Jean-Jacques Picart, who got him a job at Hermes in 1978. In 1981, he started working for Jean Patou. With his friend's help, they came up with better and better ideas each season. the brilliant colors, the luxury and the drive to perfection made them more and more famous.
The bullfighting he saw as a child made him use the sparkling colors, and made him an outstanding designer, which resulted in him getting a major award in 1987.