Things from Balenciaga are very interesting, albeit rather controversial. Fashionable critics say that clothes of this brand are not perceived “on the fly”: they need to be understood, “digested”. And only after that you will understand whether they suit you or not.
Unusual texture, futuristic metallized fabrics, and immediately funny floral motifs – Balenciaga also has this. Sometimes contrasts strike on the spot. But, having recovered from the shock, you understand that this is the most fashionable trend of the season. And a little later – that a thing in this style must definitely replenish your wardrobe.
The history of the Balenciaga brand is divided into two periods.
The first is the appearance and flowering, when the founder of the brand led the business.
The famous Cristobal Balenciaga opened his High Fashion house in Paris in 1937 and has been creating elegant and elegant clothes for more than 30 years. Already in the late 1930s. Balenciaga was awarded the unspoken title of Cristobal the Magnificent. The audience was admired by his skill and sense of form, the ability to reveal the capabilities of each fabric and the brilliant talent of a fashion designer and stylist.
Balenciaga believed that casual wear should be simple and strict, and evening wear should be luxurious. He paid great attention to the texture and maximally revealed the possibilities of each material.
Thanks to him, fabrics such as moire, taffeta in combination with velvet, matting, boucle and tweed for coats and jackets became fashionable.
Cristobal Balenciaga almost did not use fabrics with a pattern, did not like extra details and lush finishes, but often decorated evening models with elaborate handmade embroidery. His collections have always been strict but refined. And how many new ideas the great couturier brought into fashion! It was he who suggested wearing collarless blouses and evening dresses that were closed in front, exposing the back. Balenciaga has styled narrow dresses with tunics, a shirt-cut sleeves and jackets with voluminous backs. Modern girls should thank the great fashion designer for the “baby-dollars” style – a very popular dress with a high waist now.
Among the clients of Cristobal Balenciaga there were many celebrities: Marlene Dietrich, Duchess of Windsor, Princess of Monaco Grace, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and others. The great couturier knew all the secrets of creating clothes, including tailor’s art.
He necessarily sewed one or two models for each collection himself. Seasonal changes in fashion did not affect the things he created. He believed that fashion was an art, not a craft, and treated it accordingly.
The closure of his Fashion House, Cristobal Balenciaga himself explained that he does not see the future for high fashion in this world. Widespread street fashion, its vulgarity, simplification of clothing and adaptation to the tastes of the consumer disdained him.
In a word, Balenciaga acted as a real artist.
From 1968 to 1997, the Balenciaga fashion house did not exist as such. And at the end of the twentieth century, the second period of his life began.
The young French artist Nicolas Ghesquiere became the artistic director of the Balenciaga Fashion House. Experiments with form and volume, original design ideas, unexpected decisions – Gesquière forced to talk about himself and about the Balenciaga Fashion House. The brand returned to its former popularity. Gesquière threw fashionable women one challenge after another. He makes outfits based on … the uniforms of surfers and baseball players.
Creates patchwork tops in patchwork style. Plays with volume, “inflating” shoulders. And the high public every time meets his ideas with a bang.
If earlier Balenciaga clothes could be worn only by movie stars and royal blood people, now it has become more affordable. Refinement and attractiveness in it are rethought. On the podium, we see trends in their pure form, and for everyday life we get their convenient and practical embodiment. Of course, not every one of us can afford an author’s copy of manual work. But the quality thing “ready-to-wear” may well replace it.