Spanish brand Balenciaga opened a boutique store in Paris in 1937. Balenciaga used sleek and linear lines in the post-war era and revolutionized women’s fashion in the 1950s.
Balenciaga was acquired by multinational French company Kering in 2001 and was pegged as the company’s fastest growing brand in 2018. Balenciaga is most known for revolutionizing women’s fashion with never-before-seen shapes in the mid-20th century, such as the “ballroom hems” of the early 1950s, the “semi-fit” lines of the mid-50s and the introduction of the “sack dress” in 1957.
Current Creative Director Demna Gvasalia has worked closely with the Balenciaga House archives to look at the original designs of Cristóbal Balenciaga to maintain artistic integrity in cut, shape and material.