Cristóbal Balenciaga Eisaguirre (January 21, 1895 - March 23, 1972) was a Spanish-Basque fashion designer.
Balenciaga was born in Getaria, Basque Country.
He opened his Paris couture house on avenue George V in August 1937. Carmel Snow, the editor of Harper's Bazaar was an early champion of his designs.
His often spare, sculptural creations -- including funnel-shape gowns of stiff duchess satin worn to acclaim by clients such as Pauline de Rothschild, Bunny Mellon, Marella Agnelli, Glor...