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From the voluminous skirts of the post-World War II “New Look” favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes.

The son of a dressmaker and a drapery salesman, Pierre Balmain was born in 1914 in southeastern France and formed an interest in fashion at an early age. His mother wanted her son to be an architect — but the principles of design and structure Balmain learned in his brief studies at the École des Beaux Arts served him well throughout his career. 

Balmain founded his now-iconic label in 1945. Alongside fellow couture titans Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy, Balmain’s postwar take on luxe dressing featured bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath day dresses and embellishments like fur trim; he called the look “Jolie Madame.” The Duchess of Windsor was an early fan, prompting an aristocratic following. 

Balmain was among the first to offer French looks to the American market. Since Pierre Balmain’s death in 1982, the design reins have been handed to luminaries such as Oscar de la Renta and Olivier Rousteing, an alum of Roberto Cavalli who was installed as creative director at the label in 2011.

Today’s Balmain has more in common with the master’s original haute couture than you might expect: sharply tailored blazers that nip in at the waist, delicate stilettos and ultra-feminine evening dresses are wardrobe basics for the 21st-century woman, too. Lovers of couture history will also prize the fluid, easy sketches from the master’s own hand they’ll find on offer here, while fashionistas clamor for the brand’s t-shirts, military-style jackets and skinny jeans. 

Whether you’re a colonel in Rousteing’s “glamour army” or you fancy yourself a “Jolie Madame,” a Balmain piece — from the 1960s or even last season — will add a bold, sexy note to your look. Daytime or night, Balmain feels right now.

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    No, Balmain does not offer clothing repair services. Balmain does offer a return service for new items that arrive damaged or defective, as long as they are notified within 20 days of you receiving the item, and as long as it is returned unused with tags attached. Browse a wide selection of Balmain clothing from top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    How you wear a Balmain jacket is largely a matter of personal preference. Not just for the office, the brand's popular double-breasted blazer pairs well with everything from dresses to leather leggings to tailored shorts to classic denim. You'll find a range of Balmain jackets on 1stDibs.
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    Balmain makes most of its shoes at carefully vetted factories in China that are experienced in producing luxury footwear. In the past, Balmain manufactured its shoes in France and Italy. On 1stDibs, you can shop a collection of Balmain shoes.
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    While Balmain footwear is designed in France, the majority of Balmain shoes are made in China. Some of the brand’s leather styles are crafted in Italy. Shop a collection of Balmain footwear from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Balmain is a French fashion house that opened in 1945. The full name of the company is Pierre Balmain, S.A., after founder Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain. Although the brand produces a full range of apparel and accessories, its leather jackets and blazers are especially well known. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Balmain.
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    The Balmain brand is a French luxury fashion house founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945. The current creative director is Oliver Rousteing, who was 25 years old at the time of his appointment. Prior to Balmain, Rousteing was the creative director for the women’s ready-to-wear collection at Roberto Cavalli. Find an assortment of Balmain apparel from the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Olivier Rousteing makes Balmain suits. As the creative director, he is responsible for designing all of the pieces produced at the brand's in-house factories. He took on the role in 2011. You can find a selection of Balmain apparel on 1stDibs.
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    To spot a fake Balmain T-shirt, you’ll want to pay attention to how the label’s logo appears on tags and, if applicable, on the front of the shirt. A fake Balmain T-shirt will present a dizzying array of different fonts and spacing errors (tags on fake shirts may even include spelling errors). These inconsistencies can appear on its wash instruction tag, the collar label or directly in the graphic on the front of the shirt. How the shirt was made matters, too. Each impeccable stitch on a genuine Balmain T-shirt will appear even, and there won’t be any detectable irregularities. If you notice flaws in the craftsmanship of your piece, you may have a fake Balmain T-shirt on your hands. Browse a selection of vintage Balmain shirts on 1stDibs.
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    The fit of a Balmain shirt is dependent on its silhouette and fabric. Refer to the measurements and product description on the brand’s website for recommendations on sizing. If you do a fair amount of online apparel shopping, experts suggest that you gather accurate body measurements using a tape measure. Shop a range of Balmain shirts from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
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    Yes, styling your Balmain jacket depends on your personal preference. If you are opting for a more casual look, or you simply want to show off your layers underneath, wearing a Balmain jacket open can be a fun option. Browse a range of Balmain jackets on 1stDibs.
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    Some Balmain dresses tend to run small and you may need to order up a size to find the right fit. Check the Balmain size chart on their website before ordering to ensure your dress will fit properly. Browse a range of Balmain dresses from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
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    Balmain features an official website you can shop from. They have also partnered with retailers around the world that offer their jeans. You can browse 1stDibs to find a range of authentically vetted Balmain jeans from some of the top boutiques worldwide.
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    Olivier Rousteing designs Balmain jeans. He became the creative director of the brand in 2011. Rousteing worked for Roberto Cavalli for six years before coming to Balmain in 2009. You can shop for a variety of Balmain apparel on 1stDibs.
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    The creative director of Balmain is Oliver Rousteing. Balmain denim continues to be one of the most highly coveted garments from the brand due to their high-end tailoring and unique silhouettes. Browse a wide range of authentic Balmain jeans from some of the world’s top retailers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMay 13, 2024
    Pierre Balmain was the founder of Balmain, an iconic haute couture house based in Paris, France. Under creative director Olivier Rousteing, the brand introduced an affordable diffusion line named for its founder in 2011. 

    In the postwar years, Balmain became known for bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath day dresses and embellishments like fur trim. Pierre died in 1982, and the company is now owned by Mayhoola for Investments.

    From the dresses favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes. 

    Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Balmain is an iconic French couture house founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945. The brand became known for its luxurious bell-shaped skirts and sophisticated cocktail dresses that drew on elegant ballet dancer costumes. It was among the first to offer French looks to the American market. Today’s Balmain has more in common with the master’s original haute couture than you might expect: sharply tailored blazers that nip in at the waist, delicate stilettos and ultra-feminine evening dresses are wardrobe basics for the 21st-century woman, too. Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The headquarters of Balmain are located in Paris, France, where the brand was founded in 1945 by designer Pierre Balmain. There is an array of official Balmain stores worldwide. Browse a collection of expertly vetted Balmain products from top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Balmain Paris is an iconic French couture house founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945. Balmain, which became known for its bell-shaped skirts and sophisticated cocktail dresses that drew on elegant ballet dancer costumes, was among the first to offer French looks to the American market. Since the death of the founder in 1982, the design reins at the company have been handed to luminaries such as Oscar de la Renta and Olivier Rousteing, an alum of Roberto Cavalli who was installed as creative director at the label in 2011. Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    No, Balmain is not usually considered streetwear.

    Streetwear generally refers to casual, comfortable and stylish apparel and accessories. It's heavily influenced by popular culture, and pioneering streetwear brands such as Stüssy and Supreme are forever intertwined with surfing and skating (thanks to high fashion's love affair with streetwear, black hoodies and graphic tees have certainly seen their fair share of runway time). Balmain, on the other hand, is a haute couture house founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945 that gained international acclaim for its elegant postwar gowns and full, luxurious skirts.

    However, as often as today's Balmain offers ultra-feminine evening dresses and sharply tailored blazers, there are bold and edgy designs that aren't commonly associated with legacy haute couture labels. The brand's Resort menswear collection, which debuted in 2019, offered plenty of hoodies, dazzling graphic patterns and denim. And fashionistas can't help but clamor for the brand's t-shirts, military-style jackets and biker jeans.

    On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Balmain clothing and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Balmain is pronounced “bahl-MAH.” The “n” at the end is silent. French fashion designer Pierre Balmain established his now-iconic label in 1945. Alongside fellow couture titans Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy, Balmain’s postwar take on luxe dressing featured bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath day dresses and embellishments like fur trim. Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balmain is mostly manufactured in France, where the brand is based. They also have a variety of manufacturing centers in other countries including Italy, Bulgaria, Japan, China and Poland. Shop a collection of expertly authenticated Balmain products from top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Balmain’s designer is Olivier Rousteing, the iconic French couture house’s current creative director. Rousteing is an alum of Roberto Cavalli. He was installed as Balmain’s creative director in 2011. Shop vintage Balmain clothing and accessories on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Balmain is a French fashion house first established in Paris in 1945. It was founded by French designer Pierre Balmain, and is known for its luxurious quality and design. Shop a collection of authentic Balmain pieces from top sellers worldwide on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balmain hoodies tend to have a more fitted cut, so you may want to order up a size if you prefer a baggier look. Check the sizing chart on the Balmain website for specific measurements to ensure you find the right size. Shop a collection of authentic Balmain hoodies from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Balmain is indeed real leather. It uses a variety of leather materials in its different designs from lambskin and nubuck to calfskin. You can shop a collection of vintage and contemporary Balmain couture from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Pierre Balmain was a French fashion designer most known for founding his fashion house Balmain. Balmain’s designs are described as sophisticated and elegant, and remain one of the most sought after garments in high-fashion. Find vintage and contemporary Balmain designs from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Styling your Balmain blazer depends uniquely on your personal style and preference. This classic piece is simple to pair with a skirt, jeans or leggings. Wear it buttoned for a put-together vibe or open for a more relaxed style. Shop a range of authentic Balmain blazers from top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    The best way to clean a Balmain blazer depends on the style and material of the blazer. The care tag inside of the blazer can likely provide optimal cleaning instructions to keep your garment looking its best. On 1stDibs, find a wide variety of vintage Balmain blazers from some of the world’s top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 28, 2024
    You can buy a Balmain T-shirt directly through the brand’s website. Balmain T-shirts can also be found via resellers and at a variety of authorized retailers. With respect to visiting physical boutiques and storefronts, a Balmain store locator is available on the legendary French luxury brand’s official website. Browse a wide range of vintage Balmain shirts from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Balmain Paris is owned by a Qatari investment fund called Mayhoola for Investments. The iconic French couture house was founded by Pierre Balmain in 1945. Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 18, 2024
    Yes, Balmain is haute couture. The term haute couture refers to high-end luxury wear that has been custom-fitted and constructed by hand from start to finish. The world of haute couture is governed by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode in France.

    Fashion designer Pierre Balmain established his now-iconic label in 1945. In the postwar years, Balmain became known for bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath day dresses and embellishments like fur trim.

    From the dresses favored by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich to the sleek, skinny jeans seen on Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and every Kardashian, clothes from the House of Balmain have long been mainstays in celebrity wardrobes. Shop a collection of vintage Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 28, 2024
    Pierre Balmain jeans tend to run true to size. The brand provides a size chart/“fit predictor” on its official website. It is recommended that you make use of the size chart before you make your purchase on the site. Balmain was founded in 1945 by Pierre and is now known by the French designer’s surname. On 1stDibs, find a collection of vintage Pierre Balmain clothing.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 28, 2024
    To fix the ridges on Balmain jeans, use a spray bottle filled with water to mist the affected area. Place your jeans in the dryer on light heat for 10-15 minutes. Spread your jeans out on your ironing board and sprinkle the ridges with a few drops of white vinegar. Place your iron on medium heat and move it slowly over the denim. Turn your jeans inside out and iron the inside. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of vintage Balmain clothing.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Balmain blazers are known to run small, so you may want to order a size up for a just-right fit. Check the official sizing chart on the Balmain website to find specific measurements to help you make the right choice. Shop for authentic Balmain blazers from top boutiques worldwide on 1stDibs.

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