Pierre Balmain, The Most Famous of France's Fashion Designers

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Pierre Balmain was born on 18th May, 1914, in the village of Saint Jean in the French province of Savoye. He was an only child and his father who was a shopkeeper, had high hopes for him. In 1932 he went to art school in Paris to study architecture but his heart was not in his studies. Even after he was designing buildings, he surrounded his sketches with designs for dresses.

Balmain, A Famous Designer

“My dear, prepare you for a shock,” said Monsieur Balmain to his wife. “It’s Pierre. He isn’t hurt, is he? Is there an accident?” said Madame Balmain to her husband. “Of course, there isn’t an accident but he is playing with the dolls that belong to the girl next door.” Madame Balmain laughed hearing the answer of her husband.

“Of course,” she said. “He often makes clothes for the girl’s dolls.

I must say that it is very fine,” but Mr. Balmain was still anxious. He was worried that his son would grow up to be effeminate. He didn’t imagine that Pierre would grow up to be one of the most famous of France’s fashion designers.

Pierre Balmain was born on 18th May, 1914, in the village of Saint Jean in the French province of Savoye. He was an only child and his father who was a shopkeeper, had high hopes for him.

In 1932 he went to art school in Paris to study architecture but his heart was not in his studies. Even after he was designing buildings, he surrounded his sketches with designs for dresses. It was not long before he decided to work with chiffon and wool than with steel and concrete. He took some of his dressing designs to Molyneux, one of the leading couturiers (fashion dress-makers) of Paris and Molyneux was so impressed.

When the Second World War occurred, the fashion houses were closed and Balmain joined the army and was stationed in his native province Savoy. There he met the famous American writer, Miss Gertrude Stein. He designed many clothes for her and she encouraged the young soldier in his ambition to become an independent couturier.

After the war, Pierre returned to Paris and went to work with Lucien Lelong, who was considered “the first gentleman of fashion”. Christian Dior joined the staff in the same year and the two young designers worked side by side. According to other employees at that time, Dior frequently went away to a quiet place to work alone because he could not stand Balmain’s “constant loud singing and laughter.”

When the war was over, the French government wanted to activate the French fashion world again and held a “fashion fair”. Many famous people exhibited their designs, including Coco Chanel, Schiaparelli, Balenciaga and Dior. Balmain’s designs were considered as the most suitable for the peace period after the war.

In a very short time his models were no longer so popular because of the success of Dior’s “New Look”. However Pierre Balmain had done well enough with his business so that he could establish his own fashion house in 1946 and in the same year he produced the first Balmain perfumes.

Though Dior dominated the world of fashion, Balmain also became very influential. He established a fashion house in New York in 1951 and one in Caracas, capital of Venezuela in 1954 even he became very influential in fashion throughout the whole of the American continent.

In recent years Balmain has successfully shifted out from high fashion to the more practical models of “ready to wear”, not only for women but also for men. His clothes always had a soft, elegant and feminine line and a unique style which will not quickly become out of date.

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