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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Americana inspiration.

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Launching with an exclusive leather tote bag.

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Small hits of red and yellow.

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Balenciaga's SS19 Twin-Set Jacket Offers Three Looks in One

See it transition from jacket to fleece to vest.

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A Laced Sole Defines Balenciaga's Take on Classic Derby Shoes

Boldy decorated.

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The Balenciaga & Vetements mastermind wants to clear the air.

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Balenciaga's Campaign Supermarket Tote Takes Marketing to the Max

Plastering the season’s lookbook directly on the unique bag.
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