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
Balenciaga’s Triple S Trainer Debuts in a Bold New Color Scheme
Footwear

Balenciaga’s Triple S Trainer Debuts in a Bold New Color Scheme

Ready to cop now.

This Balenciaga Patch-Pattern Anorak Is Now Available for Pre-Order
Fashion

This Balenciaga Patch-Pattern Anorak Is Now Available for Pre-Order

Part of the label’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection.

Balenciaga's Newest Shopping Bag Costs $2,190 USD This Time
Fashion

Balenciaga's Newest Shopping Bag Costs $2,190 USD This Time

Now you can make it look like you shop Balenciaga all the time.

Balenciaga Drops $9,000 USD Coat With Seven Built-In-Layers
Fashion

Balenciaga Drops $9,000 USD Coat With Seven Built-In-Layers

That’s over $1,000 USD per layer.

Selfridges Announces Exclusive Balenciaga Track Sneaker & Capsule Release
Fashion

Selfridges Announces Exclusive Balenciaga Track Sneaker & Capsule Release

The ultimate Dad shoe.

Balenciaga's "All Over Logo" Polo Features Oversized Branding & Fit
Fashion

Balenciaga's "All Over Logo" Polo Features Oversized Branding & Fit

You too can become a walking advertisement.

Balenciaga’s Wildly-Layered Chimney Sweaters Are Now Available for Purchase
Fashion

Balenciaga’s Wildly-Layered Chimney Sweaters Are Now Available for Purchase

Part of the label’s Pre-Fall 2018 collection.

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

Featuring items from Palace, BAPE, Hiroshi Fujiwara’s THE CONVENI, and the first FW18 drops from Supreme.

Balenciaga’s FW18 Hotel Key Tag Is Now up for Grabs
Fashion

Balenciaga’s FW18 Hotel Key Tag Is Now up for Grabs

Paying homage to its Saint Honoré, Paris outpost.

These Balenciaga Leather Tote Bags Are Now Available for Purchase
Fashion

These Balenciaga Leather Tote Bags Are Now Available for Purchase

From the label’s Fall/Winter 2018 collection.
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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