Balenciaga is a European fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1919 by Spanish designer, born in the Basque Country, Spain. He had a reputation as a couturier of uncompromising standards and was referred to as “the master of us all” by Christian Dior. His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. The House of Balenciaga is now owned by the French multinational company Kering. In 1986, Jacques Bogart S.A. acquired the rights to Balenciaga, and opened a new ready-to-wear line, Le Dix. The first collection was designed by Michel Goma in October 1987, who remained at the house for the next five years to mixed reviews. He was replaced in 1992 with Dutch designer Josephus Thimister who began the restoration of Balenciaga to an elite, high-fashion status. During Thimister’s term, Nicolas Ghesquière would join as a license designer, and eventually was promoted to head designer in 1997. Today, the brand is most famous for its line of motorcycle-inspired handbags, especially the famous “Lariat”.
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