Although never himself a part of the Chambre Syndicale de les Couturiers Parisienne, the designs of Cristóbal Balenciaga can be considered nothing less than epic. His reworking of the feminine silhouette into fluid and modern designs like the sack, cocoon, and balloon will forever be remembered as ground breaking and ahead of the times. One of the only couturiers skilled enough to actually create the designs he imagined with his own two hands, his standards were obviously uncompromising and was dubbed by Christian Dior “the master of us all.” The Balenciaga design house on Avenue George V in Paris would spawn such creative minds as Oscar de la Renta, Emanuel Ungaro, and Hubert de Givenchy. Known, and worn, the world over by aristocrats, socialites, movie stars and fashion fanatics since the founding of the house in 1914, Balenciaga shifted the way the world sees and wears clothing.