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Cristobal Balenciaga founded the house of the same name in 1917, when he was only 22 years old.
The Civil War, which raged in his native country, the force to expatriate. Ihe first emigrated to London, then to Paris, where his creations quickly became essential.
He created the Tonneau line in 1947, launched the semi-fitted suit in the 1950s, a period during which he played with cuts and experimented with volumes. The style is refined, sometimes austere, but always reflects the great technical mastery of the man whom Christian Dior called "our master of all", while Hubert de Givenchy said of him that he was "the architect of great fashion" . His reputation predated him until his death in 1973, after which the Balenciaga house experienced a downturn.
Josephus Thimister became artistic director in 1991 and modernized its image, before being replaced by Nicolas Ghesquière in 1997. With its more modern lines, thehe French brings a futuristic touchand gives back to the house its titles of nobility. Alexander Wang replaced him in 2012, returning to basics before being replaced in October 2015 by Demna Gvasalia.
The young Georgian designer, a graduate of Fine Arts in Antwerp and formerly of Maison Margiela, brings a certain sense of irony and a touch of irreverence, characteristics of the spirit of the Clothing collective of which he is the figurehead, while paying tribute to the history of the house.