Following the departure of Alexander Wang, Balenciaga has appointed Demna Gvasalia as the new creative director. The 34-year-old Georgian designer graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp and is the founder of provocative Parisian label Vetements.
“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.” – stated Isabelle Guichot, president and CEO of Balenciaga.
Gvasalia will present his first collection for the brand at the women’s ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2016-17 show in Paris. Congrats Gvasalia!