Fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain. In 1954, when he was approaching the apogee of what would be a four-decade career, the French couturier was counted among the “Big Three” of Parisian fashion, along with Christian Dior and Jacques Fath. “A garment made by Pierre Balmain was the very quintessence of haute couture,” the Vogue editor Diana Vreeland once said. Oscar de la Renta led the house between 1993 and 2002.
Until 2011, the house was led by Christophe Decarnin, and in April 2011 it was announced that Decarnin was succeeded by Olivier Rousteing.
Balmain Collection, 2010, photographed by David Sims
Olivier Rousteing – 2012
Olivier Rousteing for Balmain, Spring 2014, ready-to-wear
John Galliano is confirmed to be creating the stage costumes for Stephen Fry’s new stage adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s famous comedy, The Importance Of Being Earnest. The former Christian Dior designer is also still in talks to assume a more permanent role at Oscar de la Renta, he told WWD, with De la Renta stating that the two still email one another weekly.