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Pierre Balmain, creator of the “Perfect Dress”, is one of the most prestigious French designer which brought a simple but effective aesthetic line in couture: supple, stylish but glamorous in the same time. He created a current for day & evening scarfs also for sheath dresses beneath jackets. His coats were generously cut for a full back and sometimes half belted.

At the beginning he worked with Robert Piquet and Edward Molyneux, after the war at Lucien Lelong and finally, in 1945 he opened his own couture house under his name and released his first collection. In the same period he met Christian Dior, a designer who had a great importance and influence in his career. His first piece, the famous long bell-shaped skirt with small waist, became popular as Dior's New Look. His pieces were worn on women with prestige, like Marlene Dietrich, Katherine Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and many others.

Balmain house couture is still alive, since 2011 under Olivier Rousteing and remains a prestigious couture house that stays true to its vision.