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'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.

The Best Carry-On Luggage for Your Next Getaway
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The Best Carry-On Luggage for Your Next Getaway

Whether it’s for a bank holiday or just a well needed trip abroad.

Balenciaga Releases Logo-Heavy FW19 "Drop 01" Online
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Balenciaga Releases Logo-Heavy FW19 "Drop 01" Online

Dominated with ’80s-influenced boxy silhouettes.

Balenciaga's Set to Break €1 Billion EUR Revenue Milestone
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Balenciaga's Set to Break €1 Billion EUR Revenue Milestone

The Demna Gvasalia-helmed house has become Kering’s fastest growing brand.

Balenciaga Launches 'Loops' Video Channel Featuring Art and Music Mixes
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Balenciaga Launches 'Loops' Video Channel Featuring Art and Music Mixes

Mood-setting background music.

What's the Next Iconic Bag to be Remade for Men?
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What's the Next Iconic Bag to be Remade for Men?

We speculate which luxury label is next to follow Fendi and Dior’s lead.

Balenciaga Drops SS19 Belt Pack Inspired by American Car Dealerships
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Balenciaga Drops SS19 Belt Pack Inspired by American Car Dealerships

Continuing its graffiti theme.

10 Hats to Keep You Cool for Spring 2019
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10 Hats to Keep You Cool for Spring 2019

Featuring Balenciaga, Off-White™, Prada, Gucci, Rick Owens DRKSHDW and more.

Bold Overbranding Defines Balenciaga's Logo Print Leather Belt
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Bold Overbranding Defines Balenciaga's Logo Print Leather Belt

Celebrate the Spanish fashion house in style.

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