After months of rumors the successor of Alexander Wang to the creative guidance of Balenciaga finally has a name. It is of Demna Gvasalia, founder of the Parisian brand Vêtements. The georgian fashion designer will present his first collection for the brand, which is part of Kering, next March in Paris.
“I am extremely honored and excited to have the opportunity to bring my creative vision for Balenciaga – said the designer, who will continue in parallel to design collections for Vêtements -. I look forward to expanding the DNA of Balenciaga and write with the team a new chapter in its history. ”
Gvasalia (34years old), grew up in the offices of style Louis Vuitton and Maison Margiela, will take the reins of the fashion house founded in 1937 in Paris by the Spaniard Cristobal Balenciaga. Born in Georgia, Gvasalia studied economics at Tbilisi State University before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.
After graduating as fashion designer in 2006, Gvasalia began working with one of the six of Antwerp, Van Beirendoncks, for menswear. Joined in 2009 by Maison Margiela, after the release of the founder, he has been responsible for womenswear collections until 2013, before moving on from Louis Vuitton, where he served as senior designer of ready-to-wear women, both under the guide of Marc Jacobs Nicolas Ghesquière.
But it is with Vêtements, brand founded in tandem with his brother Guram, where Gvasalia won notoriety in the international fashion.
Gvasalia enters Balenciaga at a crucial moment in its history: in 2017 it will mark the centenary of the foundation of the brand and the 80th anniversary of the opening of the first store on Avenue George V in Paris.