Pierre Balmain founded his own fashion house, Balmain, at the end of the Second World War. The designer started by creating long skirts with small bell-shaped waists, an illustrious postwar fashion style.
"The design of dresses is the architecture of movement", Pierre Balmain
Hir designs, from the very beginning, were boldly feminine: exaggeratedly embroidered fabrics, small waists and bell-shaped skirts, thus creating a fresh and different style from the utilitarian looks that were customary at that time.
1914: Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain is born in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France
1933: Studies architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris
1934: Leaves his studies to work in Edward Molyneux's sewing workshop
1939: Works with couturier Lucien Lelong
1945: Starts his own Balmain fashion house
1947: Launches the iconic Vent Vert perfume
1955: Wins the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award
1960 : Revlon cosmetic house buys Balmain's perfume line
1964: Publishes a book of his life named My Years and Seasons
1982: Pierre Balmain dies