Cristóbal Balenciaga opened his couture house in Spain in 1918 and subsequently relocated to Paris after the Spanish Civil War. In Paris, the enigmatic designer gained instant success and recognition and was ranked as one of the best couturiers of the epoque. The house became renowned for its graceful simplicity and for radically altering silhouettes with an expert knowledge of technique and construction. Balenciaga has since gone from strength to strength and has produced many other designer protégés such as Givenchy, Emanuele Ungaro and Oscar de la Renta. Alexander Wang was appointed Creative Director of the Balenciaga fashion house in December 2012. He will use his creativity and research to reinterpret and immortalize the modern distinctive and timeless style imposed by Cristóbal Balenciaga almost 100 years ago.