Cristobal Balenciaga: Fashion Designer Facts, History & Pictures

Cristobal Balenciaga

BirthdateJanuary 21, 1895
BirthplaceGuetaria, San Sebastian
EducationStudied needlework and dressmaking with the until 1910
Career Highlights1915-21: Established tailoring business, with sponsorship of the Marquesa de Casa Torres San Sabastian
1922-31: Founder, designer of Elsa Fashion House, Barcelona
1932-37: Founder, designer of Elsa Fashion House, Madrid
1937-40: Director of Maison Balenciaga , Paris
1945-68: Director of Maison Balenciaga, Paris
1948: Fragrances include le Dix
1955: Fragrances include Quadreille
1990: Fragrances include Pour Homme
1968: Couture house closed
1968-72: Retired to Madrid
1986: Jacques Bogart S.A. purchased Balenciaga Couture et Parfums
1987: Balenciaga ready-to-wear collection launched
1989: Reopening of Balenciaga stores launched
AwardsChevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, named Commander of L’Ordre d’Isabelle-la-Catholique
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Last modified: Aug 28, 2015 | Written by Paul Phipps