Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1914, which expanded to include branches in Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but when the Spanish Civil War forced him to close his stores, Balenciaga moved to Paris.Balenciaga opened his Paris couture house on Avenue George V in August 1937, and his first runway show featured designs heavily influenced by the Spanish Renaissance. Balenciaga's success in Paris was...Read Full Story
Balenciaga is a fashion house founded by Cristóbal Balenciaga, a Spanish designer. The new creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere has re-energized the Balenciaga collection.