BALENCIAGA MASTER ARCHITECT OF COUTURE Posted in: Design, Fashion – Tags: , , , ,

The king is dead. When Women’s Wear Daily ran this headline in March 1972 no one in the fashion world would have had any doubt as to whom it referred. There was only one king of couture, the one whom Christian Dior called ‘the master of us all’, while Coco Chanel said he alone was ‘a couturier in the truest sense of the word… The others are simply fashion designers.’ Vogue summed it up in 1962: ‘Almost since the first day he launched his salon in 1937 he has been acclaimed as the great leader in fashion; what Balenciaga does today, other designers will do tomorrow, or next year, by which time he will have moved on again.’

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