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.