Cristobal Balenciaga

Fashion Designer

Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Getaria, Basque Country, Spain on January 21st, 1895 and is the Fashion Designer. At the age of 77, Cristobal Balenciaga biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 21, 1895
Place of Birth
Getaria, Basque Country, Spain
Death Date
Mar 23, 1972 (age 77)
Zodiac Sign
Businessperson, Designer, Fashion Designer
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Cristobal Balenciaga Career

Life and career

Balenciaga was born in Getaria, province of Gipuzkoa, Spain's Basque Country, on January 21, 1895. His father was a fisherman who died when Cristobal was a child, and his mother was a seamstress. Balenciaga spent time with his mother as she worked. He began working as the apprentice of a tailor at the age of twelve. The Marchioness de Casa Torres, the town's most prominent woman, became his client and patron when he was a boy. She took him to Madrid, where he had been specially trained in tailoring. Balenciaga is one of the few couturiers in fashion history to produce not only the designs that represented the artistry's peak, but also the pattern, cut, and sew the styles.

Balenciaga's early career as a designer in Spain was fruitful. In 1919, he opened a boutique in San Sebastián, which later expanded to include Madrid and Barcelona. The Spanish royal family and the aristocracy wore his designs, but Balenciaga migrated to Paris after the Spanish Civil War ordered him to close his shops. In August 1937, he opened his Paris couture house on Avenue George V.

However, it wasn't until the postwar years that the full extent of his designer's inventiveness was apparent. He completely changed the silhouette in 1951, broadening the shoulders and removing the waist. He created the tunic dress in 1955, which later evolved into the chemise dress of 1957. His work came to an end in 1959, with high-waisted dresses and coats cut like kimono.

When she married King Baudouin I of Belgium in 1960, he made the wedding dress for Fabiola de Mora y Aragón. The Queen later donated her wedding gown to the Cristóbal Balenciaga Foundation. He created several designs for socialite Aline Griffith, diplomat Margarita Salaverra Galárraga, and Meye Allende de Maier, considering them his muses. He taught fashion design classes, inspiring others, including Oscar de la Renta, André Courrèges, Emanuel Ungaro, Mila Schön, and Hubert de Givenchy. In the 1950s and 1960s, his often poor, sculptural creations were considered masterworks of haute couture.

Balenciaga retired at the age of 74 after 30 years of living in Paris. One after the other, he decided to retire and closed his fashion shops in Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid. Balenciaga was born in Xàbia, Spain, on March 23, 1972.

The Balenciaga fashion house is still under Demna Gvasalia's direction and under the Kering group's control.


ALEXANDRA SHULMAN'S NOTEBOOK: Binge-drink tequila?I'll just stick to wine o'clock, November 11, 2023
ALEXANDRA SHULMAN: I'd choose either a nightly half-bottle of Chianti or a basin full of tequila once a week, so I know which I'd choose. The overwhelming truth is that alcohol is not healthy. I don't remember anyone binge-drinking when I was younger - people just drank. Everybody did. Whether it was a pint at the pub or a Moscow Mule in a cocktail bar, or even a bottle of plonk in the evening, having a drink was a normal thing and indulged in regularly.

Balenciaga claims it had no control over the props in photoshoot including child porn ruling, November 28, 2022
Balenciaga reiterated that it had nothing to do with the SCOTUS's decision turning it into the picture that ended up on its website in a Instagram post on Monday. All the items in this shooting were provided by third parties that confirmed in writing these scripts were fake, but they were most likely coming from the filming of a television thriller.' Balenciaga had filed a lawsuit, but the inclusion of these unapproved documents was the result of reckless negligence for which Balenciaga had filed a lawsuit.'

Balenciaga has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the teddy bear's ad campaign's controversial 'BDSM teddy bear' ad campaign, November 27, 2022
The high-end luxury fashion house is suing North Six Inc. and set designer Nicholas Des Jardins for publishing photos of legal documents concerning SCOTUS' decision on child porn legislation. According to a summons from the Manhattan Supreme Court, accused North Six and Des Jardins deliberately included the judicial information in the ad without alerting its employees. Among the other surprising decisions to advertise its Spring 2023 collection was the inclusion of children in advertisements illustrating teddy bears wearing bondage gear, including chokers and fishnets.