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Cristóbal Balenciaga: A master of fashion

He bestowed an exquisite sense of self on the women who wore his designs

By Jane Shilling   June 2017

Balenciaga dresses a model ©Henri Cartier-Bresson, Magnum photos

Paris fashion week this year was an unusually fretful affair, tainted by accusations of racism among casting directors and reports of models locked for hours in an unlit stairwell. But the couture story of the week was Balenciaga, which, under its creative director, Demna Gvasalia and his predecessors Nicolas Ghesquière and Alexander Wang, has become one of the most sought-after names in high fashion. Driven by the sales of “It” bags and high-end prêt-à-porter, the label’s new-found popularity is a return…

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