Published On: Tue, Nov 6th, 2012

Balenciaga designer-less

Creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere leaving the fashion house

Nicolas Ghesquiere, creative director for Balenciaga, is leaving the fashion house he helped re-invent and give form.  Ghesquiere and Balenciaga said in a joint statement for WWD Monday that they have come to a "joint decision" to end their partnership at the end of November 2012.

The one-time assistant to designer Jean-Paul Gaultier was just 25 when he took over as creative director of the storied Balenciaga fashion house in 1997. He is credited with raising the profile of the Paris label, which was bought by the Gucci Group in 2001. In 1997, Ghesquière was the surprise choice to head the Paris fashion house Balenciaga. Promoted to creative director of Balenciaga after his Belgian predecessor Josephus Thimister was fired following a highly unsuccessful show.

No details on a replacement or Ghesquiere's next move were provided. Though this is likely the start of an new vibrant beginning (let the rumors begin) . Who is going to take his place?

Picture by Steven Meisel 


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