The FASHION brand Balenciaga is a name known to many of the rich and famous, but not much is known about their owners.
Known for their priced luxury items, we see celebrities wearing their designs at every opportunity, but we’re eager to learn more about the people behind the brand.
Who owns Balenciaga?
Balenciaga was acquired by multinational French company Kering in 2001..
Kering also owns Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, DoDo and Qeelin.
What is the history of Balenciaga?
Cristobal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in San Sebastian, Spain in 1919.
Even then, all their clients belonged to high society, but the Spanish Civil War forced them to relocate the business.
In 1937, Balenciaga opened his Parisian boutique on Avenue George V.
At the time, he was showing designs inspired by the Spanish Renaissance and was an immediate success.
Customers risked their own safety by traveling to Europe during World War II to see Balenciaga clothes.
Many doubted that their ability to trade during the war was due to Balenciaga’s ties to the Spanish dictator General Franco, an ally of the German regime.
Balenciaga, in fact, made clothes for the Franco family, so close were their ties.
He is best known for revolutionizing women’s fashion with never-before-seen shapes in the mid-20s.th century, such as the “ballroom hem” of the early 1950s, the “semi-tight” lines of the mid-50s, and the introduction of the “bag dress” in 1957.
Who is the current designer of Balenciaga?
Demna Gvasalia is the current designer of Balenciaga.
He was born in Georgia on March 25, 1981 to a Georgian father and a Russian mother.
Gvasalia moved to Antwerp, Belgium, where he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts and received a master’s degree in fashion design in 2006.
In 2014, he launched his own brand VETEMENTS, and in October of the same year he presented his first women’s ready-to-wear collection in Paris.
On October 7, 2015, he was appointed artistic director of the Balenciaga collections.
What is Balenciaga known for now?
With the advent of new forms of footwear, in particular the sock sneaker, Balenciaga released the Speed Sock, which attracted a lot of attention from influencers and fashionistas alike.
Balenciaga’s creative direction has propelled the brand to stardom, bringing Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian to the fashion house.
Their ironic, polarizing and ironic design even played a major role in Donda Kanye’s performance and his work at GAP.
They describe the sneaker as a sock-like construction of an athletic shoe along with an oversized articulated outsole to create an athletic and “forward-thinking” profile.
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