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Balenciaga

Balenciaga

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Founded: 1918
Country: Spain
Brand Name: Balenciaga
Labels: Balenciaga
Other Product Lines: Handbags, Shoes, Eyewear, Jewelry

Overview

Cristobal Balenciaga was surrounded by the world of fashion as a young child. His mother worked as a couturier, and young Balenciaga would spend many a day with her as she was worked away in her atelier. As a teenager Balenciaga was sent to Madrid where he studied fashion. In 1918, the Spanish-Basque fashion designer opened his first boutique in Spain and almost 20 years later – in 1937 – launched his own couture house in Paris. Balenciaga's designs would shape the next century of fashion through his knowledge of how to form the perfect marriage between the shape of a woman's body and his visions.

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Top Facts:

  • Christian Dior referred to Balenciaga as “the master of us all.”
  • In 1957, he designed the high-waisted babydoll dress, the balloon skirt and the sack dress. Though he sold his fashion house in 1968, Balenciaga is still one of the most successful and prestigious fashion labels in the world.
  • During World War II customers were willing to risk their lives simply to see Balenciaga's designs.
  • Balenciaga's first runway show (1937) was heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance.
  • Hubert de Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta are among the world’s greatest designers to have been strongly influenced by Balenciaga.
  • “Balenciaga and Spain” a retrospective of Balenciaga's contribution to the world of fashion, was opened in San Francisco, in 2011.