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Designer of the Day: Pierre Balmain

Designer of the Day: Pierre Balmain
2010/03/23 Maya H.
  • Born Pierre Balmain in St. Jean de Maurienne, Savoie in 1914
  • Pierre received his early training from the two greatest designers of the time, Molyneux and Lucien Lelong
  • Rue Francois 1er in Paris is where Balmain open his first Haute Couture house in 1945
  • Balmain early inspiration is owed to Gertrude Stein and the advent of "New French Style"....image of an active, irrepressible, perfectly groomed, elegant woman with a touch of independence in her nature took root and was embodied in the "Jolie Madame"
  • Pierre Balmain died in June 1982
  • Mix-n-mingle: Balmain's earlier collection included bell-shaped skirts and small waists...which later became Christian Dior's "New Look" staple
  • "Dressmaking is the architecture of movement"
  • Trademark: sheath dresses beneath jackets, and simply yet elegant suits with a slender aesthetic