Claude Lalanne studied architecture in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Décoratifs. After marrying François-Xavier Lalanne in the 1960s, the two began to work closely alongside each other and exhibit as 'Les Lalanne', receiving early commissions from Yves Saint Laurent. The Lalannes' work is represented in many prominent collections around the world, including the National Design Museum, New York; Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York; Musée Nationale d'Art Moderne, Paris; Museé d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.