Cristobal Balenciaga was born in Getaria in the Basque region of Spain.
Cristobal Balenciaga opens his haute couture House in San Sebastian, Spain.
Opens his fashion House at 10 Avenue George V in Paris. Presentation of his first collection greeted with immediate success by the press and buyers.
Creation of the first Balenciaga perfume: “Le Dix”.
Creates his second perfume: “La Fuite des Heures”.
Creation of the Vareuse and “Cocoon” line.
Launch of his first boxy suits. Creation of the “Parachute” dress.
Waistlines drop to hip level transforming the silhouette.
Creates his first tunic “I”. Launch of his third perfume: “Quadrille”. Collaboration with Robert Goossens on a jewelry line.
His simplified lines continue a fashion revolution.
“Sac” dress, “Cloche et Paon” line.
Creation of the “Baby Doll” dresses and the gazar d’Abraham fabric. He is awarded the Legion of Honor.
Suits are presented with short jackets and higher waistlines. “Amphore” line.
Evening gowns a la Zurbaran, duenna’s dresses and magnificent negligees. Creation of costumes for the play “Orphée” by Jean Cocteau.
Creation of the “Sari” dress. Launches a range of boots presented with his sports
outfits, in collaboration with Mancini.
Collaboration with Roger Vivier for a collection of sandals.
Creation of the “Pétale” dress.
Presents his last collection, and retires
to his house in Spain after 30 years of innovation in the fashion industry.
Death of Cristobal Balenciaga on March 24, 1972, in Javea, Spain. He is buried in his native Basque region.
Nicolas Ghesquière becomes the Creative Director of the House.
Kering acquires Balenciaga House.
Introduction of the Men ready-to-wear and accessories collection.
Balenciaga exhibition at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
“Balenciaga and Spain” exhibition at the De Young Fine Art Museum of San Francisco.
Opening of the Cristobal Balenciaga Museum at Getaria in Spain.
“Cristobal Balenciaga collector of fashions” exhibition at Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design Paris.
Alexander Wang is appointed Creative Director of the House.
Demna Gvasalia is appointed Artistic Director of the collections.
Presentation of the first men’s runway show for the SS 2017 collection.
Opening of a new store in Paris, Avenue Montaigne.
Balenciaga reintroduces Haute couture. The collection will be presented in July at the historical address 10 Avenue George V.