The House of Balenciaga was founded in 1937 by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Basque designer who was known for his feminine yet modern designs, and who was once referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. The sleek and linear lines he incorporated into many of his pieces were vastly different than anything else being shown during the 1950’s, and established him as one of the most influencial designers of the time. Throughout his career he would manipulate the female waistline, beginning with the creation of tunic dress and culminating in the creation of the empire waist. His conception of this new silhouette for women is considered his greatest contribution to the world of fashion.
Beginning in 1997 and until very recently, the house was headed by French superstar Nicolas Ghesquière. As creative director, Ghesquière brought a fresh take to the house while still respecting Cristóbal’s original designs and ideas, and turned Balenciaga into the critically acclaimed fashion house that it is today.
In 2012, it was announced that Nicolas Ghesquière would be ending his 15- year tenure and parting ways with Balenciaga, to be replaced by the young designer Alexander Wang. Wang presented his first collection for the label on February 28, 2013 at Paris Fashion Week which brought back a lot of postivie feedback. So in honor of a new era of the House of Balenciaga, we decided to take a look back at some of the best creations from Ghesquière and Balenciaga himself, as well as a couple piece from Wangs new collection.
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