Cristobal Balenciaga founded the maison that bears his name in 1930, giving rise to one of the most esteemed fashion houses in the world. Known to his collaborators as “The Master,” Balenciaga created a sophisticated and timeless style. The brands clothes are designed to enhance the silhouette of the body through artful cuts that give them an allure at once austere and extravagant. The house has had many great designers at the helm including Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang. The new creative director Demna Gvasalia (founder of Vetements) promises to usher the brand in an exciting new era.