Measurement : W38×H24×D14cm
1970 : First retrospective staged at Zurich’s Musée Bellerive.
In November of 2012, it was announced that—after fifteen years creating the future of fashion (to borrow a phrase from Cecil Beaton)—Ghesquière was leaving his post at Balenciaga. After intense speculation and hand-wringing among industry-watchers, the world learned that he would be replaced by the 28-year-old American wunderkind Alexander Wang, a rising star known for his punk- and street-tinged takes on sportswear (slouchy jersey tops, parkas, jeans, and T-shirts). Youthful ease and approachability, apparently, are to be writ large in the next chapter of this fabled house's history.
1980 : Portos eau de cologne debuts.
For decades, Balenciaga would prove impossible to replace. In 1987, the designer Michel Goma brought to the label a new accessibility with a ready-to-wear line; and from 1992, Josephus Melchior Thimister led the brand back to a more elite, high-fashion direction. Neither, however, raised the house back to its heights. But then, in 1997, Nicolas Ghesquière took the helm.