Cristobal Balenciaga founded Balenciaga in 1919; the first boutique was opened in San Sebastian, Spain. The designer was known for his bubble skirts, and odd feminine, ultra modern shapes. Cristobal Balenciaga’s clothing was worn by high society aristocrats, the Spanish royal Family, and he had a reputation of uncompromising standards. He was even referred to as “the master of us all” by the legendary designer Christian Dior. When the Spanish Civil War erupted, it forced Balenciaga out of his native land, where he then relocated to Paris. After the relocation of the label, in 1937, Cristobal presented his first runway collection, which propelled the couturier into immediate success, making Balenciaga a highly sought after label throughout Europe. For decades the designer has launched many staples designs in womens ready-to-wear, still present in modern times, from empire waistlines, tunic dresses, and the cocoon coat. His inventive take on women’s fashion, has made the label a hallmark in the fashion world. When Balenciaga was purchased by Kering in 1997, the label was headed by Nicolas Ghesquiere, who carried the labels distinct classic style on. In 2012 Alexander Wang replaced him as creative director, and ran the label until spring/summer of 2016. Balenciaga has been a prominent label, in the fashion world for decades, being worn by celebrities such Jackie Kennedy, Madonna, Nicki Manaj, Kim Kardashin and even attracting the attention from Vogue editor Anna Wintour. Today the label is known for there motorcycle inspired handbags, and their avant-garde pieces, and their intricate craftsmanship.