Balenciaga is returning to Haute Couture after 52 years

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Balenciaga is returning to Haute Couture after 52 years

The AW20 couture calendar has a noteworthy new addition in the form of Balenciaga.

The luxury fashion house has revealed it will return to the Paris Haute Couture schedule this coming July for the first time since Cristóbal Balenciaga himself closed his atelier in 1968.

Current Creative Director Demna Gvasalia will make his couture debut at the shows, marking a moment not only for the designer but for the brand also.

Taking to Instagram, Gvasalia shared, “Haute Couture is the very foundation of this House, so it is my creative and visionary duty to bring Couture back to Balenciaga. For me, Couture is an unexplored mode of creative freedom and a platform for innovation. It not only offers another spectrum of possibilities in dressmaking, it also brings the modern vision of Balenciaga back to its sources of origin. Couture is above trends. It’s an expression of beauty on the highest aesthetic and qualitative levels.”

Fashion lovers will no doubt be waiting with baited breath to see what couture looks like in the eyes of Gvasalia, who is most well-known for his waitlist-inducing sneaker and streetwear designs.

Photos: Instagram