June 7, 2012

Who is Cristobal Balenciaga?

Cristobal Balenciaga


"No woman can make herself chic if she is not chic herself." -Balenciaga

  • Born in Guetaria, Spain
  • His specialty was in the cut of a garment
  • Innovated the balloon dress, sack dress, and kimono sleeve dress
  • Favorite fabric was silk gazar
  • By age 20 was Spains leading couturier
  • Opened 1st fashion house in 1915 in San Sebastian
  • In 1920 the 2nd house opened in Madrid
  • In 1937 he moved to Paris and opened showrooms
  • 1947 he created his 1st perfume
  • In 1968 at the age of 74 he bowed out because he didn't like the wave of vulgarity going through fashion.
  • Today Balenciaga runs under the direction of Nicolas Ghesquiere and under the ownership of Gucci group.

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