2009 saw major changes - some rather shocking - in the most renowned fashion houses. The one that stung most was the demise of Christian Lacroix. The economic downturn
spawned the downfall of one of fashion's most grand couture houses. Lacroix was forced to shut down, only to be reduced to a licensing operation. Check out the heartfelt love fashion fans gave him at the closing of his final show
. Luella Bartley, Maison Martin Margiela, Olivier Theyskens, and others also experienced some unwelcome changes this year. But there was also light for some. Learn about the year's biggest fashion changes in the gallery.
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