His bubble skirts and odd, feminine, yet ultra-modern shapes were trademarks of the house. Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his first boutique in San Sebastián, Spain, in 1914, which expanded to include branches in
Balenciaga opened his
Balenciaga is now owned by the Gucci Group (PPR), and its women’s wear and menswear is headed by Nicolas Ghesquière. There was some conflict within the house of Balenciaga on Nicolas Ghesquiere’s designs. The Gucci group said that if Balenciaga didn’t become profitable within the year 2007, they would replace him. Ghesquière’s F/W 2005 line showed that the house was not only profitable, but also attracted a number of celebrity customers including Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour.
The house of Balenciaga designed the dresses worn by Jennifer Connelly and Nicole Kidman to the 2006 Academy Awards, as well as the wedding gown Kidman wore for her recent marriage to Keith Urban. Kylie Minogue has also wore a Balenciaga dress for her "Slow" music video and for her concert tour.