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
Balenciaga Straps the Classic Combat Boot With Wavy Logo Prints
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Balenciaga Straps the Classic Combat Boot With Wavy Logo Prints

Fall ready.

Balenciaga's Fall 2019 Lookbook Highlights Subversive Suiting
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Balenciaga's Fall 2019 Lookbook Highlights Subversive Suiting

Anchored by chunky sneakers and square-toed loafers.

Balenciaga Debuts LED Light-Imbued Track Trainer
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Balenciaga Debuts LED Light-Imbued Track Trainer

Flashy and fashion-forward.

Shop the Top Picks From the SSENSE Summer Sale
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Shop the Top Picks From the SSENSE Summer Sale

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

Balenciaga's Retro-Futuristic Sunglasses Drop in Summer-Ready Editions
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Balenciaga's Retro-Futuristic Sunglasses Drop in Summer-Ready Editions

Reflective orange or metallic blue?

Balenciaga Drops $715 USD Multi-Colored Magazine Printed Clutch Bag
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Balenciaga Drops $715 USD Multi-Colored Magazine Printed Clutch Bag

Pick up your copy now.

Balenciaga to Fund Two Full Scholarships for The Black Alumni of Pratt
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Balenciaga to Fund Two Full Scholarships for The Black Alumni of Pratt

Demna Gvasalia was awarded the school’s Creative Spirit Award last night.

Balenciaga Drops Blacked-Out Track Sneaker With Neon Green Sole Unit
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Balenciaga Drops Blacked-Out Track Sneaker With Neon Green Sole Unit

Complete with 3M highlights.

Balenciaga's Updated Speed Hunters Hoodie Highlights '90s Nostalgia
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Balenciaga's Updated Speed Hunters Hoodie Highlights '90s Nostalgia

Melding boy bands with ‘The Matrix.’

10 Spring Tie-Dye Styles That Are Easy on the Eyes
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10 Spring Tie-Dye Styles That Are Easy on the Eyes

It’s not all psychedelic rainbows.

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