Christian Louboutin is a French footwear designer. He is one of the most exclusive and coveted stylists in the world of high fashion, openly specialized in footwear. His jewel shoes, characterized by their scarlet red sole, have great success all over the world, especially in the world of the star system, nobility, fetish and burlesque, high fashion and glamor.
At 16, after being expelled from school, he starts selling his shoe designs to renowned dance schools. He said he was particularly struck, during a visit to a museum, by a red sign, depicting stylized décolleté, which he forbade to enter the structure wearing shoes with heels.
He did his first internship in the famous Parisian music hall Folies Bergère, where he took care of the design and creation of stage costumes, and then worked with Charles Jordan in Romans. Later he worked as a freelance for fashion houses such as Maud Frison, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, in France and Italy.
In 1988 he began working for Roger Vivier, a colleague of Christian Dior who is famous as a shoe designer. In those years he was deeply inspired by some haute couture shoes when he found in Vivier's studio a pair of shoes worn at the coronation of the Shah of Persia Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and Marlene Dietrich's diamond pumps. At that time Louboutin understood that he wanted to work on his own, and despite the growing demands from the fashion world, in 1990 he opened his first boutique in Paris with the support of a few friends. He presents his first collection (Love, Trash, etc.) and begins to get noticed by the Italian fashion industry. Only in 1992, however, the first line with the red sole comes out, which will later become a distinctive sign of all his collections; the idea comes when he sees his assistant putting on a glossy red nail polish, and he realizes that he has finally found a trait capable of making his creations unique.
According to the designer, the red and shiny color of the sole has the function of identifying his footwear with the public. The red sole "provocative of envy" was also the protagonist of a lawsuit, which aims to claim the sole as the exclusive heritage of the maison's footwear.
He collaborates with various stylists, such as Chloé, Lanvin, Roland Mouret, Diane von Fürstenberg, Alexander McQueen and Victor & Rolf. For many years he designed shoes for Jean Paul Gaultier. Many celebrities have shown off her creations, including Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Blake Lively, Victoria Beckham, Lindsay Lohan, Katie Holmes, Eva Longoria, Sarah Jessica Parker, Catherine Deneuve, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Kate Moss in the day of her marriage, Mika.
In 2007 he was involved in the photographic exhibition of David Lynch with a fetish theme, at the Galerie du Passage in Paris, for whose realization Lynch has expressly requested his collaboration. In 2010 he dedicated one of his creations, called "Blake", to the actress Blake Lively, a great friend of him and a big fan of the brand.
On 10 December 2015 Louboutin was awarded the title of honorary citizen of Parabiago, a municipality in the metropolitan city of Milan historically renowned for the production of footwear, where the designer has set up his own production plant.
Louboutin has never had elegance as a reference and objective, but veiled sensuality, eroticism and the fetish world. With his shoes she wants to dress her feet exactly as if they were models, with necklines, particular cuts, laces and unique shapes. The key concept of him has never been refinement, even if the Louboutins have become synonymous with a refined and decisive style.
Among the iconic models, the most famous is the Pigalle, which takes its name from the Parisian red light district, the same where the Moulin Rouge and the museum of eroticism are located, and it seems that the designer was inspired by dancers of the premises of that area.
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