Christian Lacroix's inimitable dreamy and theatrical aesthetic can be described as baroque and eclectic, often drawing inspiration from historical references, cultural motifs and folkloric elements. From 1987 onward, his designs exuded opulence, drama, and romance, featuring bright colors, rich textures, and intricate details. Among his signature styles were the "le pouf" balloon skirt and sumptuous costume jewelry. Lacroix's creations celebrated femininity and the joy of dressing up, and embodied the essence of couture craftsmanship and luxury. Critics noted that he was out of touch with the times and did not seem to understand the needs and desires of the modern woman. In 2009, after years of financial struggles, Lacroix presented his final couture collection.