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Cristobal Balenciaga founded this legendary fashion house in Madrid in 1918. After the Spanish Civil War, the designer relocated to Paris where he swiftly built a reputation for refined elegance and was hailed as "the couturier of couturiers". His manipulation of the waist became one of the most important contributions to the world of fashion — shaping a new silhouette for women. Frenchman Nicolas Ghesquière has been at the helm since 1997, drawing inspiration from the house's archives and fans including Nicole Kidman (who wore Balenciaga for her 2006 nuptials) cannot get enough of the fine finishes.