A native of the Savoie in France, Pierre Balmain was born on May 19, 1914. He graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superiure de Beaux-Arts in Paris with a degree in Architecture in 1934. He worked as a freelance illustrator and assistant designer after graduation.
The winds of war were in Europe during the 1930s, and like most young men during that time, Balmain served in the military (1936-1940). After World War II (1945) he founded Maison Balmain and was its Director until 1982, the year he died.
Balmain’s background in architecture played a big role in his designs. He saw clothes in terms of architectural elements brought to life in human forms. He believed in elegance brought by simplicity. Balmain’s elegant, super-feminine looks were favorites among European royalty and Hollywood fashion plates like Marlene Dietrich, Katharine Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren.
After Balmain’s death, the company continued to exist. In 1992, Oscar De La Renta took the role as Creative Director, a position which he would hold for 10 years. His last collection for Balmain was Haute Couture Fall 2002. In Nov 2001, Laurent Mercier was hired to design the ready-to-wear collection for Balmain. He debuted in Paris during the Fall 2002 ready-to-wear fashion season and received rave reviews from fashion editors. The Swiss-born Mercier then debuted at Paris Haute Couture Show during the Spring 2003 season with mixed reviews.
I never expected to see Michael Jackson, the kind of pop, in a pair of Balmain jeans. But then, Balmain clothes are pretty out there so I guess it fits his style perfectly. Here he is out and about with his family shopping in Beverly hills, wearing a pair of black Balmain skinny jeans. As usual he has a pretty snazzy jacket to match. It’s not long now until he starts his tour in London! I wish I was going! I wonder if Michael will buy this jacket next? I think it would suit him perfectly.
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Can you guess whose butt this is in a gorgeous pair of Balmain skinny jeans? Hint – She is a fiery red head.
Beyonce Knowles was spotted out with her sister Solange at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, wearing a gorgeous pair of Balmain jeans. She was seen shopping at a Balmain store the other day, I wonder if she bought these jeans there? She looks fantastic as always, the whole outfit is perfect. I love those shoes and that jacket the most though.
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