By  on January 6, 2010

“The most simple facts about Balenciaga intrigue every one in the fashion business,” said John B. Fairchild of couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga in 1958. And this was largely due to the “nyet” publicity policy of the design house. From refusing to assist in customer fittings to hiding his collections from the press, “the master” was often called mysterious. Even those relatively close to him — like Carmel Snow and Marie-Louise Bousquet, both of whom claimed to have seen his exact birthdate on his Spanish passport — argued about his age (his birthday was January 21, 1895).


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