Balenciaga

Christobal Balenciaga was born in the village of Guetaria in the Basque region of Spain on January 21, 1895. From his early years, he spent many hours by his mother’s side as she worked as a seamstress. In his teens, the most prominent woman of his town, the Marquesa de Casa Torres, became his patron and client, sending him to Madrid for formal training in tailoring and proudly wearing the results. Christobal Balenciaga found early success in his native country. He opened branches of his boutique Eisa in Madrid, Barcelona, and the fashionable seaside resort of San Sebastián. The Spanish royal family and fashionable members of the aristocracy favored his designs.

When the Spanish Civil War forced the closure of his boutiques, Balenciaga moved his operation to Paris, the acknowledged fashion capital of the world. In August 1937, Balenciaga staged its first runway show at his Avenue George V atelier, showing a collection that was heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance. Balenciaga interpreted numerous historical styles throughout his career. His “Infanta” gown was inspired by the costumes of the young Spanish princesses from portraits by Diego Velázquez, while the short, heavily ornamented “jacket of light” traditionally worn by toreadors in the bullfighting ring inspired much of his evening wear.

By 1939, Balenciaga was being praised in the French press as a revolutionizing force in fashion, with buyers and customers fighting to gain access to his collection. During World War II, clients risked travel to Europe for Balenciaga’s designs, especially his celebrated square coat—in which the sleeve was cut in one piece with the yoke—and anything shown in his unique color combination of black and brown or black lace over bright pink. In 1953, he introduced the balloon jacket, an elegant sphere that encased the upper body and provided a pedestal for the wearer’s head. In 1957 came the creation of his high-waisted baby doll dress, the gracefully draped cocoon coat, and the balloon skirt.

With his design innovations, Christobal Balenciaga achieved what is considered to be his most important contribution to the world of fashion: a new silhouette for women. Throughout the 1960s, Balenciaga continued showing collections of unparalleled technique and beauty. His innovative use of fabric—he liked bold materials, heavy cloths, and ornate embroideries—led him to work with the Swiss fabric house of Abraham. Together they developed silk gazar, a stiffer version of the pliable fabric that Balenciaga used in suits, day dresses, and evening wear. Loyal clients such as the Duchess of Windsor, Pauline de Rothschild, and Gloria Guinness continued to appreciate the discreet but important touches he provided in his clothing: collars that stood away from the collarbone to give a swanlike appearance and the shortened (seven-eighths-length) bracelet sleeve, so called because it enabled the wearer to better flaunt her jewelry. When the Balenciaga salon closed in 1968, the occasion marked the end of the career of a great artist whose influence is still being felt in the twenty-first century. André Courrèges and Emanuel Ungaro, who both apprenticed at his atelier, and by Hubert de Givenchy, among others, have sustained the modern look that he created. Balenciaga died on March 24, 1972, at home in his beloved Spain. Today the brand belongs to PPR group .


Metallic oversized Bag-0
Balenciaga
Metallic oversized Bag

$1,600

Pink leather city Bag-0
Balenciaga
Pink leather city Bag

$1,525

Osier blue leather Bag-0
Balenciaga
Osier blue leather Bag

$1,180

Day Bag-0
Balenciaga
Day Bag

$460

Flower leather Bag -0
Balenciaga
Flower leather Bag

$600

Red grained leather Handbag-0
Balenciaga
Red grained leather Handbag

$1,360

Limited edition Bag -0
Balenciaga
Limited edition Bag

$400

Blue leather Wallet-0
Balenciaga
Blue leather Wallet

$380

 Vintage 1990 monogrammed Shoulder Bag-0
Balenciaga
Vintage 1990 monogrammed Shoulder Bag

$280

Vintage 80s white leather shoulder Bag-0
Balenciaga
Vintage 80s white leather shoulder Bag

$450

Mini leather Bag -0
Balenciaga
Mini leather Bag

$450

Holiday Collection silver-tone, pearl and crystal bracelet-0
Balenciaga
Holiday Collection silver-tone, pearl and crystal bracelet

$400

Leather gloves Sandals-0
Balenciaga
Leather gloves Sandals

$300

Vintage Gorgeous Black Sautoir Necklace-0
Balenciaga
Vintage Gorgeous Black Sautoir Necklace

$650

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