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About Balenciaga

It was once said, that when a woman wearing a Balenciaga gown walks into a room, there is no other woman there. His clothes were so elegant, grand and perfectly made, that he alone was known as "The Master".

1885 Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Guetaria, Spain of humble parents. His father was a sailor, who died young. His mother was a dressmaker. His deftness and skill in making clothes was evident from a very early age.

1897 He was apprenticed to a tailor in San Sebastian.

1898 When he was 13, he met the beautiful Marquesa de Casa Torres, who allowed him access to her wardrobe and entrusted him to make a copy of one of her dresses.

1902 Cristobal spent several months in Bordeaux learning French, since he felt this would be essential for his career.

1913 When he was 19 he started to work for Calle de Hernani who made ladies gowns.... read more »»»


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Founder(s): Cristobal Balenciaga
Founded: 1919
Country: France
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