Balenciaga

Balenciaga

French Fashion House
Balenciaga is a French fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1914. The house is well known for creating avant-garde structural pieces, straddling the edge of fashion and forecasting the future of women's ready-to-wear fashion. Several designers who worked for Balenciaga would go on to open their own successful couture houses, notably Oscar de la Renta, Andre Courreges, Emanuel Ungaro, and Hubert de Givenchy. Cristóbal had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as "the master of us all" by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. It was not until the post-war years that the full scale of the inventiveness of Balenciaga became evident: the fluidity of his silhouettes enabled him to manipulate the relationship between his clothing and women's bodies. His manipulation of the waist contributed to what is considered to be his most important contribution to the world of fashion-- a new silhouette for women.

2012-2015

Alexander Wang serves as creative director

1997-2012

Nicolas Ghesquière serves as head of the house

1986

Jacques Bogart SA acquires Balenciaga

1972

Founder Cristóbal Balenciaga passes away

1968

Releases last collection and closes maison in Paris

1936

Established in Paris

1919

Founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga
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New Balenciaga Track kicks, UNDERCOVER Daybreaks and more.

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Balenciaga Debuts All-New Track.2 Sneaker

The Track Trainer follow-up releases very soon.

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Balenciaga Unveils Triple S Clad in "Red/Off-White"

Complete with its signature stacked midsole.

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Balenciaga's Track Trainer Lands a Blazing Orange and Grey Colorway

Ready for summer.

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Balenciaga Adds Muted Black & Red Colorway to Track Sneaker Silhouette

Finished with 3M detailing.

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Balenciaga Straps the Classic Combat Boot With Wavy Logo Prints

Fall ready.

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Balenciaga's Fall 2019 Lookbook Highlights Subversive Suiting

Anchored by chunky sneakers and square-toed loafers.

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Balenciaga Debuts LED Light-Imbued Track Trainer

Flashy and fashion-forward.

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Featuring Off-White™, A-COLD-WALL*, Kiko Kostadinov, Gucci, Balenciaga and more.

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Reflective orange or metallic blue?
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