With such a unique approach to defining fashion, Cristóbal Balenciaga has inspired generations of designers and truly “shaped fashion”.
On entering through the beautiful wooden door of the couture house, Balenciaga’s original clients were embraced by an environment which exuded luxury. The lift which transported them to “the master” was furnished with luxurious red leather padding. A glimpse of the alluring garments produced on the third floor.
Having laid what Emanuel Ungaro called the “foundations of modernity in fashion”, Balenciaga was understandably inspiring and intriguing. His designs and collections revolutionised the female silhouette, from the moment he opened the doors to his first fashion house in 1917.
Despite the decision of Cristóbal Balenciaga to close the luxurious house in 1968, former clients and their relatives rejoiced when the House of Balenciaga was relaunched in the 1990s.
Then, as now, designers reinvented and reimagined silhouettes for a new generation. The forward-thinking of Cristóbal himself lives on, and is understandably just as charming as ever.