November 5, 2012
The debut: Spring/Summer 1998.
Phoebe who?: Fall/Winter 1998-1999.
Starting to piece it together: Fall/Winter 2002-2003.
Trending now: Spring/Summer 2003.
You know you (still) want it: Fall/Winter 2004-2005.
Basque and Baroque: Spring/Summer 2006.
Look into my Cristóbal: Spring/Summer 2008.
La Parisienne: Fall/Winter 2008-2009.
Transhumanism: Spring/Summer 2007.
Blow Up: Spring/Summer 2011.
Stiff duchesse grand finale: Spring/Summer 2013.
The debut: Spring/Summer 1998.
Phoebe who?: Fall/Winter 1998-1999.
Starting to piece it together: Fall/Winter 2002-2003.
Trending now: Spring/Summer 2003.
You know you (still) want it: Fall/Winter 2004-2005.
Basque and Baroque: Spring/Summer 2006.
Look into my Cristóbal: Spring/Summer 2008.
La Parisienne: Fall/Winter 2008-2009.
Transhumanism: Spring/Summer 2007.
Blow Up: Spring/Summer 2011.
Stiff duchesse grand finale: Spring/Summer 2013.

We combed through the Balenciaga archives thinking we’d pull our favorite looks from our favorite Nicolas Ghesquière seasons as a retrospective in honor of the designer’s parting. But here’s the thing: everything Ghesquière did at Balenciaga was the best. For fifteen years, Ghesquière’s pursued a wondrous vision for Balenciaga: each season complemented the next with a design so direct that every collection looks as relevant today as when it was first walked, if not more. Here’s the proof.

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