Posted by learntobead on October 25, 2011
Cristobal Balenciaga was a Spanish fashion designer who began selling fashion and accessories aroun 1919, but came into prominence in the 1950’s. He’s known for building in very broad shoulders into jackets, blouses and gowns. He also brought into fashion the Tunic Dress, and the high Empire Waist dress and gown.
He was a hands-on designer, making many of his own clothing, as well as jewelry.
He was considered one of the all-time great couturiers. His pieces are very collectible.