Nicolas Ghesquière, visionary young talent, held spellbound fashion world who swoons over each of his creations. He dresses the most demanding VIP, and takes its place among the hundred most influential people in the world according to the Times. Yet the young prodigy had to prove to the sweat of his brow…
When Cristobal Balenciaga gives up the ghost in 1972, the young Nicolas is only a year; was born in May 1971 on the Franco-Belgian border. He spent a quiet childhood in Poitou-Charentes, in a family that does not have the artistic side: Mr. Ghesquière is responsible for golf, and the brother of Nicolas will be teaching. Yet the young man soon feels attracted to the world of fashion. He cuts and collecting photographs in magazines, and scribbled his first sketches…
While still a schoolboy, he approach the styling houses, and landed summer internships at Agnès B and Corinne Cobson. It was on the ground he will learn all the ropes and once obtained his degree, he will not learn the styling on school benches: self-taught, talented and lucky, he won a place at once assistant-designer at Jean Paul Gaultier, he held for 2 years.
Following his ascension is done at breakneck speed: in addition to collaborations with Mugler and Kelian, and a post designer at Trussardi, Ghesquière also works freelance for Balenciaga licensed collections in 1995. He worked for the market Asian, and it is a small changing room he designed for Japan, which points out. His talent became obvious to all, and that’s why, when Josephus Thimister withdraws from Balenciaga in 1997, Nicolas was appointed artistic director of the collection of ready-to-wear “the Ten”.
There is however still a stranger, and he must prove his skills. The challenge is great, especially as the brand is experiencing a critical phase, failing to renew her wardrobe. It is a true miracle that Ghesquière fulfilled: from his early collections, it literally brings to life the work of Cristobal Balenciaga, and is inspired by the master codes to revisit with unprecedented modernity.
Soon the fashion world discovered a genius, and critics fall in love. The creator is hailed as the spiritual son of Balenciaga, he has the same approach to clothing. Like him, he thinks his work as an architect develops a construction, and it grows to a climax the cutting power. He handles his tissues to make them almost futuristic pieces, and combines the volumes to make soft sculptures.
Thus gradually, while maintaining perfectly the spirit Balenciaga, Nicolas Ghesquière shapes its own style. It cleverly combines brain and luxuriance, skinning and excess, making cohabit an overloaded ornamentation and clean silhouettes. It incorporates the past of the brand to move towards a new and unique style.
Therefore, Balenciaga is a modern house and avant-garde, generating new trends: lace dresses, Scottish, trellises, sport-couture, chic hippie, the cuts XXL or the gladiator shoes cause true tidal wave in the criticism.
It is therefore natural that the fashion sphere pays tribute to him in 2000 by establishing the “Avant Garde Designer of the Year” award from Vogue and VH1. That same year, the brand was bought by PPR (Pinault Printemps Redoute), which inserts the group Gucci among its young and attractive brands with strong growth potential.
Encouraged by the success of its feminine lines and obtaining the best CFDA Designer of the Year in 2001, Ghesquière then launches bag and shoe lines, followed by a men’s collection. Balenciaga is super trendy and works its image with the famous photographer David Sims.
But the best advertising is done naturally when we see Nicole Kidman for her wedding or Charlotte Gainsbourg on the occasion of the release of his album, dressed from head to foot by Ghesquière…
Adored by the press, recognized by his peers, focus of a boundless admiration, Nicolas Ghesquière has succeeded. His name has become inseparable from Balenciaga, and each collection is eagerly awaited. Shops have flourished across the world, the last are those in London, Los Angeles and Cannes in 2008 and turnover of home touches amounts never seen before.
At 38 years old, he does not yet speak to launch his own label. Patience…
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