This is the funniest thing to me. Balenciaga closed his fashion house in 1968 because he was disillusioned by the advent of pret-a-porter that the French were introducing at the time. Somewhere along the way , (I actually think I was in College when they re-opened the house in the mid to late 1980's) his house was re-opened. Why? If he didn't like or believe in ready to wear then, why would the the house believe in it now? I might be the only one out there that feels the way I do but, I think a house should close with the passing of the designer it was created for. How could any one possibly know what a particular designer will design at any given time. I think for an industry that is supposed to be so fresh and new, it is choking itself with the restraint of living too much in the past.
MFIT ON THE ROAD Balenciaga Paris
"July 5, 2006 - January 27, 2007 Following its program of monographs organized around the great fashion masters of the 20th century, the Museum of Decorative Arts pays homage, for the first time in Paris, to Cristobal Balenciaga, the famous couturier whose career shaped the history of fashion.160 pieces trace in chronological and thematic order the work of Balenciaga, punctuated by the view of Nicholas Ghesquière, artistic director of the design house, in an exhibition designed by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Benoît Lalloz. Musée de la Mode et du Textile107, rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris France http://www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr/ tél. : 01 44 55 57 50."