Balenciaga

Balenciaga

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.

Founded 1919
Industries Fashion
Headquarter Paris, France
This Balenciaga Graffiti-Laced Fanny Pack Is Yours for $1,400 USD
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This Balenciaga Graffiti-Laced Fanny Pack Is Yours for $1,400 USD

Part of the label’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection.

Balenciaga's Track Sneaker Is Available for Pre-Order Now
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Balenciaga's Track Sneaker Is Available for Pre-Order Now

Act fast.

Balenciaga’s Pre-Fall 2018 Ligne Match Trainer Is Now up for Grabs
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Balenciaga’s Pre-Fall 2018 Ligne Match Trainer Is Now up for Grabs

A sleek alternative from the high-end fashion house.

The Balenciaga Triple S Drops in New Colorway Set
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The Balenciaga Triple S Drops in New Colorway Set

Black/yellow for the bold, navy for the conservative.

Balenciaga Debuts Triple S in New "Half & Half" Colorways
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Balenciaga Debuts Triple S in New "Half & Half" Colorways

When you can’t decide which color to wear.

Balenciaga’s Classic Arena Creased Silhouette Resurfaces
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Balenciaga’s Classic Arena Creased Silhouette Resurfaces

All red everything.

Balenciaga Is Growing Faster Than Gucci Within the Kering Group
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Balenciaga Is Growing Faster Than Gucci Within the Kering Group

The friendly sibling rivalry continues.

Balenciaga Debuts Fall 2018 Collection Lookbook
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Balenciaga Debuts Fall 2018 Collection Lookbook

Big looks.

Kid Influencers Kingston and Kaui Show Us Their Favorite BAPE and Balenciaga Gear
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Kid Influencers Kingston and Kaui Show Us Their Favorite BAPE and Balenciaga Gear

Take a tour of their closets.

10 Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week
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10 Drops You Don't Want to Miss This Week

Supreme, Palace x Oakley, KITH, Balenciaga and more.

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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