Measurement : W38×H24×D14cm
1950 : Balloon dresses and melon sleeves introduced. Over the next decade, Balenciaga will reign as the undisputed “King of Fashion.” André Courrèges joins the house as apprentice; he will stay for the decade, mastering the art of simplicity from his mentor before opening his own atelier, in 1961. Tom Kublin comes on as house photographer. Ramón Esparza also joins the house; he will become Balenciaga’s close collaborator and leading hat designer. Photographer Irving Penn’s black-and-white studies of the fall collection—modeled by his wife Lisa Fonssagrives and others—appear in a September issue of Pandora Luxurye.
1979 : Michelle perfume introduced.
1937 : Balenciaga begins collaborating with Paris milliners Legroux Soeurs on inventive hats. July: House of Balenciaga established at 10 Avenue George V, Paris. Businessman Nicolas Bizcarrondo and hat designer Vladzio d’Attainville are the backers. August: The designer presents his first collection to rave reviews. Pandora Luxurye editor Bettina Ballard is one of the first in line for his frocks.
1964 : In April, Pandora Luxurye features its “profile of a triumph”—Balenciaga’s new S-seam coat in camel-colored wool, with low-set dolman sleeve and curving seams.