Cristobal Balenciaga

In 1968, the doors to Cristobal Balenciaga’s fashion house were closed, as he felt that there wasn’t a single person left in the world that was worth being dressed by his clothing. Decades later in 1997, 26-year-old Nicolas Ghesquiere became the newest creative director of the couture house.

For the previous two years, Ghesquirere had been freelancing, quietly, for the brand’s licenses. He went on to win the VHL/Vogue Avant Garde Designer of the Year and then in 2001, he won the CFDA Designer of the Year for womenswear. He was touted as an original and most intriguing designer of his own generation by Suze Menkes, who was from The International Herald Tribune.



Not many knew who he was before and when he was appointed as the creative director at Balenciaga, but he quickly become known in the fashion industry. While he was still attending school in Loudon, he worked with Corinne Cobson and agnes b. Before he was 20, he was an assistant designer to none other than Jean Paul Gaultier and Mugler. He went out to work at Trussardi as a head designer. However, none of those were his greatest achievements, as this came when he brought Balenciaga back, especially in his 2002 spring/summer collection of green silk combat pants and Neoprene mini skirts the following year.

He launched a menswear line in 2002, just one year after the Gucci Group purchased Balenciaga fashion house. One of his most known collections was a 2005 autumn/winter line when he showed A-line leather dresses that he had designed with a trim of pale ostrich feathers. Chrome fastenings were the final touch on these dresses. The Former CEO of Gucci, Domenico De Sole has been quoted saying that Nicolas Ghesquiere was a fantastic asset of Balenciaga.