Balenciaga designer admits label started out ‘skinny’
Nicolas Ghesquière admits he had "a size issue" when he started out.
The designer became the creative director of Balenciaga in 1997, when he was just 25. At first the label was known for making clothes in exceptionally small sizes, something Nicolas has worked hard to rectify.
“Yes, we did have a size issue. We started very skinny, it’s true. Strangely, we didn’t have fit models at all to begin with — just to give you an idea of the size of the company. So we did fittings on the girls at the studio and they were often quite petite,” he told Style magazine. “I had a tendency to think good cut and small size, but it should be a good cut in big sizes, too. That’s what want I want to focus on — it’s the cut, not the sizing, and if people see they can wear something in a big size, then I did my job.”
Balenciaga’s recent Spring/Summer 13 show was a resounding success. The label has become known for starting major trends, such as leather trousers and joke sweatshirts.
This time round stomach-baring tops, boxy jackets and tapered trousers were the big looks.
Nicolas tried to explain how he comes up with his collections.
“I think that’s the game of fashion. You try to get that thing that you think you know and you kind of recognise, but you don’t because you’ve never seen it before,” he said. “If I don’t surprise myself with something, then I would not show it. And sometimes it’s just about timing. Maybe it’s not working this season. It might be too late or early, so we put it aside. It’s about catching and being the witness of your time.”