Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Nicolas Ghesquière to leave Balenciaga

Today (5 November) it was announced that designer Nicolas Ghesquière will leave his post as creative director of French fashion label Balenciaga on November 30.

The iconic couture house, founded in 1914 by Spaniard Cristobel Balenciaga, was transformed when Nicolas Ghesquière took the reigns in 1997, aged just 25. His innovative designs, from high-collared jackets to slim-line trousers and the Lariat bag attracted a legion of famous fans, including Chloe Sevigny who once admitted “I do worship Balenciaga pants” in an interview.

There's no word as yet as to where Nicholas is headed next - or who will be replacing him at Balenciaga, but in a statement from the house it was confirmed the decision was a joint one, and François-Henri Pinault, Chairman and Chief Executive of PPR, said that "Nicolas has brought to Balenciaga an artistic contribution essential to the unique influence of the house”.

In honour of Ghesquière's remarkable career, we've rounded up some of the most iconic catwalk creations from his time at Balenciaga.

Picture credits: Rex Features and Getty Images



Most iconic it bags


Object of Desire


London Fashion Week: Street Style Detail Shots



Sarah Jessica Parker unveils her debut jewellery collection

The real-life Carrie Bradshaw designed the pieces herself

by Kayleigh Dray
27 Oct 2016

Whistles is launching a wedding dress collection

And they're all under £699

by Amy Swales
27 Oct 2016

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

27 Oct 2016

Say hello to succulent manicures: actual tiny plants as nail art

No, really

by Amy Swales
26 Oct 2016

The 2016 Fashion Awards nominations have been announced

... and supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid will compete for model of the year

by Harriet Hall
26 Oct 2016

Feast your eyes on the new Alexa Chung M&S Archive collection

Get ready to want it all.

by Alexandra Fullerton
26 Oct 2016

The surprising Zara item that is selling out across the globe

It can be yours for just £59

by Sarah Biddlecombe
25 Oct 2016

This clothing range is designed to raise awareness of mental illness

“It’s not a delusion, you are incredible”

by Amy Swales
24 Oct 2016

The Met Gala 2017 theme will bring some serious high-fashion weirdness

Katy Perry and Pharrell Williams are set to host the fashion world’s biggest party.

by Moya Crockett
24 Oct 2016

In memory of Richard Nicoll, one of fashion's brightest talents

by Alexandra Fullerton
22 Oct 2016