Balenciaga Haute Couture Fall Winter 2021-2022. Relaunch of Haute Couture line. Review by RUNWAY MAGAZINE.
Balenciaga after 53 years decided to relaunch the Haute Couture line. What would give such rebirth a new start?
Gabrielle Chanel said about Cristóbal Balenciaga, founder of maison Balenciaga: “He alone is a couturier in the truest sense of the word.” Madeleine Vionnet simply called him “un vrai”, and Christian Dior described him as “the master of us all”. During the Second World War there were more Balenciaga dresses smuggled out of Europe than perfumes. Yet, he closed his Haute Couture house in 1968 because “There is no one left for me to dress,” – as he said.
Apparently now there is. Is it there? And relaunch of Haute Couture line happened today. Perhaps there’s another reason to do so.
Today when the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, the fashion federation, is no longer willing to keep the Haute Couture tradition and follow the rules funded in 1930, and by this discredited itself in the eyes of public. The Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne is an association of Parisian couturiers founded in 1868 as an outgrowth of medieval guilds that regulate its members in regard to counterfeiting of styles, dates of openings for collections, number of models presented, relations with press, questions of law and taxes, and promotional activities. And the first modern rules of Haute Couture were formed in 1930s.
Cristóbal Balenciaga never followed these rules or the season, or anything in that matter, giving this rebel attitude to the new generation of the designers of house Balenciaga. Today when fashion federation is no longer able to keep Haute Couture tradition, Balenciaga actually might become a new leader of Haute Couture and the tradition. Who knows….
But the statement is here, Balenciaga relaunches Haute Couture line:
“53 years have passed since Christobal Balenciaga closed the doors of his house, largely due to the birth if Ready-to-Wear, which questioned the raison d’etre for the concept of Haute Couture. Over half a century later I see it as my creative obligation to the unique heritage of Mr. Balenciaga to bring the couture back to his house. It is very foundation of this century-old maison. The re-launch of a couture line will offer the highest creative and qualitative level of production to our customer, as well as complete my multi-laired vision for Balenciaga the brand, which ranges all the way up from streetwear into conceptual fashion and wardrobe and ultimately into on-of-a-kind, made-to-measure couture pieces. Couture is above trends, fashion and industrial dressmaking. It is a timeless and pure expression of craft and the architecture of silhouettes that gives a wearer the strongest notion of elegance and sophistication. Couture is the highest level of garment construction, that is not only relevant in todays’ mass-productive industry, but even absolutely necessary for the survival and further evolution of modern fashion design. I invite you to discover and enjoy this tribute to the legacy of Christobal Balenciaga and my very personal vision of the essence of fashion.” Love, Demna Gvasalia, creative director of Balenciaga
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