In 1997 Nicolas Ghesquiere was hired as Balenciaga's creative director after predecessor Josephus Thimister was fired after a highly unsuccessful show. Ghesquiere took the company by storm and made Balenciaga once again a top fashion house. The first collection for spring/summer 1998 Ghesquiere took it back to Cristobal Balenciaga's legacy with gorgeous silhouettes and elegance. However, it wasn't till February 2001 where people really took notice of his collection for autumn/winter 2001. The Paris flagship store was unable to meet the demands of the customers that gathered daily for his collection. In 2001 he won the Womenswear Designer of the Year by the CFDA only after 4 years of being the creative director.
With his well-known pencil thin trouser cut and his signature blouson jacket Balenciaga's legacy was brought to a whole new level. I still can't wait for the day when I can own one of his motorcycle-inspired purses! To celebrate his departure come November 30th, here is a look through the runways of Nicolas Ghesquiere's growth through Balenciaga's name.
Ghesquiere's first collection: Spring/Summer 1998
Autumn/Winter collection 2001
LOVE! Spring/Summer 2006
This collection was one of my favorites; Fall/Winter 07-08
Spring/Summer 2008 Collection
Spring/Summer 2009 Collection
Spring/Summer 2011 Collection
Fall/Winter 2011-2012 Collection
Spring/Summer 2012 Collection
Fall/Winter 2012-2012 Collection
A great last collection! S/S 2013