Balenciaga appoints Demna Gvasalia as artistic director

14 Oct '15
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European fashion house Balenciaga and Kering have announced the appointment of Demna Gvasalia as the new artistic director of Balenciaga's collections. In a press release, it said Gvasalia will take creative responsibility for the brand's collections and the image of the company. He will present his first collection for the brand at the women's ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2016- 17 show in Paris.

The 34-year-old German national of Georgian origin Gvasalia graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp. Earning rapid recognition and awards from the industry, he launched his first collection at Tokyo Fashion Week in 2007. In 2009, Gvasalia joined Martin Margiela, where he was responsible for women's collections until 2013. He was then appointed senior designer of women's ready-to-wear collections at Louis Vuitton, before launching the brand, Vetements whose first women's ready-to-wear collection was presented at Paris Fashion Week in 2014.

Isabelle Guichot, president and CEO of Balenciaga, said, "I am very pleased to welcome Demna Gvasalia as the artistic director of Balenciaga's collections. He has quickly emerged as the best choice for the new artistic direction of the maison. With his mastery of techniques, his expertise and fashion knowledge, in conjunction with his innovative and carefully considered approach, Demna Gvasalia adopts a unique vision of the designer's role today and thus recalls Cristobal Balenciaga's own vision. I am confident that he will succeed in embracing Balenciaga's core values and developing them in harmony with today's global changes.”

François-Henri Pinault, president and CEO of Kering, added: "I am delighted to welcome Demna Gvasalia, a powerful emerging force in today's creative world, as artistic director of Balenciaga. Demna Gvasalia embodies a unique approach to the profession, marked by a sociological observation of the wardrobe's essentials and the way he remains humble and rigorous in his creative work. I am convinced that he will lead Balenciaga to a successful future.”

Alongside his new role as artistic director of Balenciaga's collections, Gvasalia will continue to fulfill his responsibilities for the Vetements brand. (SH)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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