Pierre Balmain

“Dressmaking is the architecture of movement.” -Pierre Balmain

French designer, Pierre Balmain, got his start studying architecture. His knowledge of structure proved beneficial as he later became interested in the world of fashion design. Balmain is best known for his commitment to construction in all of his garments. In 1941 he began an apprenticeship with couturier Edward Molyneux, later moved on to work with Lucien Lelong. Most notably, Balmain worked as a designer at Christian Dior. He credited himself with developing the iconic “New Look.”

In 1941 he created The House of Balmain and his debut line became an instant sensation. Balmain favored expert tailoring and simple designs. He detested the often over-embellished gowns of the time and favored simple, elegant dresses with extreme attention to silhouette. He favored small waists with full skirts for eveningwear and used fur trimmings on many of his gowns. His attention to detail and simple style has allowed his vintage fashions to be wearable and fresh even today.

Pierre Balmain