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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 post-war take on luxe dressing featured bell-shaped skirts falling from slender waists, structured jackets over sheath 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 Instagram sensation Olivier Rousteing.

     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 wear 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 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 sixties or even last season — will add a bold, sexy note to your look. Daytime or night, vintage Balmain feels right now.

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Black Suede Chain Trim Boots
By Balmain
Located in London, GB
Balmain Black Suede Chain Trim Boots - Silver tone metallic hardware - All over suede body - Chunky rubber sole - Black laces with double strap buckle fastening - Heel ex...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balmain

New BALMAIN WHITE JACKET 38 - 6
By Balmain
Located in Montgomery, TX
BALMAIN White Jacket V- neck Long sleeves Content: Polyamide Size FR 38 or US 6 Made in France Brand new! with tags 100% authentic guarantee PLEASE VISIT OUR ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balmain

Balmain Stretch Cotton Twill Mini Skirt
By Balmain
Located in London, GB
This Balmain skirt has been made in Italy from structured beige stretch cotton-twill, with a distinctly utilitarian feel, the two deep pockets offer somewhere secure to stow your pho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balmain

Balmain Crystal-Embellished Mini Dress
By Balmain
Located in London, GB
Mini length. Crystal jewel embellishment at the front. Zip fastening along back. Mid-weight fabric. Stretchy fabric. 85% Viscose, 15% silk. Made in France. Size: FR 38 (UK 10, US 6,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balmain

BALMAIN Strapless embellished velvet mini dress
By Balmain
Located in Montgomery, TX
Balmain's Olivier Rousteing knows a thing or two about the perfect LBD – and with this version he takes the style to a new level. Ornately embroidered with the label's signature lion...
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21st Century and Contemporary Balmain

Balmain ''Ultimate" Flap Bag Embroidered with Black Sequins
By Balmain
Located in Paris, FR
Stunning Balmain 'Ultimate' flap bag entirely embroidered with black sequins, outside pocket applied to the back of the bag. The sides, the underside of the bag and the inside of the...
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2010s Balmain

Balmain Blue Jeans
By Balmain Paris, Balmain
Located in London, GB
A chic pair of blue jeans by Balmain. They have a zip fly with a button over flap and 8'' zip on the inside leg at base. Marked size 34, waist 26'', inside leg 32''
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2010s Balmain

Balmain by Christophe Decarnin stonewash denim beaded drummer jacket, ss 2009
By Balmain
Located in London, GB
▪ Balmain stonewash denim drummer jacket ▪ Designed by Christophe Decarnin ▪ Beaded frogging ▪ Large metal buttons ▪ Pagoda shoulder pads ▪ Size Small ▪ Spring-Summer 2009
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Early 2000s Balmain

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Balmain fashion for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers an extraordinary range of authentic Balmain fashion. If you’re browsing our collection of unique vintage and designer fashion to elevate your daily look or to introduce new colors to the dazzling formal wear in your wardrobe, this designer’s body of work includes elements of blue, red, purple and other tones. Customers interested in this designer might also find the work of Lanvin Paris, Bill Blass and Yves Saint Laurent Rive Gauche appealing. Find haute couture, vintage and designer Balmain fashion from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $101 and tops out at $7,500, while the average work can sell for $1,045.
Questions About Balmain
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    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.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Sizing of Balmain biker jeans can vary based on the style, so it is best to check the sizing chart on the brand’s website for specific measurements as you shop for a particular style of biker jeans. Browse a selection of properly vetted Balmain biker jeans from top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Pronounce Balmain as “bahl-MAHHH”. Because this fashion house is French, and named after the French designer Pierre Balmain, the proper pronunciation is French and the ‘n’ at the end is silent. Shop a range of authentic Balmain products from top boutiques around the world 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 22, 2022
    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.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The creative director of Balmain is Oliver Rousteing. Balmain is known for its impeccable tailored fits that add polish to any ensemble with military-inspired details, such as dramatic shoulders and gold-tone buttons. Browse a wide range of authentic Balmain suits from some of the world’s top retailers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balmain Paris is now owned by the parent corporation Mayhoola for Investments, which is a firm based in Qatar. They also own a number of other renowned luxury brands. Shop a variety of expertly authenticated Balmain products from top sellers around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balmain t-shirts can be purchased directly through the brand’s website and can also be found at a variety of authorized retailers and resellers. With respect to visiting physical boutiques and storefronts, a Balmain store locator is available on the brand’s site. Browse a wide range of authentic Balmain garments from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The current creative director of the Balmain fashion house is Olivier Rousteing, a French designer who has headed up the company since 2011. Shop a wide range of professionally vetted Balmain products from top sellers around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A dress designed by Balmain promises exceptional quality in materials and design. The designs are inspired by power and confidence, and are well known for flattering structured silhouettes. Stud detailing is commonly featured on Balmain dresses. Shop a variety of Balmain dresses on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    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.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    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.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To tell if a Pierre Balmain vintage bag is authentic, first check the hardware. Balmain often stamped the brand name onto zipper pulls and fasteners. The lettering should appear crisp and evenly spaced. Balmain's tags changed greatly over time. Compare the ones in your bag to images of authenticated pieces available online. Shop a range of expertly vetted Pierre Balmain bags on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    There are a few ways to tell if your vintage Pierre Balmain is real. Authentic Pierre Balmain bags are made with brand tags, authenticity labels and serial numbers. Always purchase Balmain jackets from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. Shop a collection of authentic Pierre Balmain from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To spot a fake Balmain jacket, examine the tag in the collar. Although label styles varied over the years, most genuine tags have the brand name printed in the correct font above the word "Paris." The stitching on real Balmain pieces will appear even and regular. If you notice flaws, the jacket is likely fake. Find a range of expertly vetted Balmain jackets on 1stDibs.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    You can tell if a Balmain jacket is real by looking at the inside. A real Balmain will have a Balmain logo tag sewn on the inside. Always purchase Balmain garments from a reputable seller to ensure authenticity. Shop a collection of authentic Balmain from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    The key factor in identifying fake vs. real Balmain jeans is the level of quality. Fake Balmain jeans may feel lighter, have messy stitching and come in sub-standard packaging. Find a selection of Balmain jeans on 1stDibs that have been expertly vetted to ensure authenticity.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    A fake Balmain T-shirt often has different fonts and spacing errors that can appear on its wash instruction tag, the tag at the back of the neck or in the graphic on the T-shirt. Having an expert check your item is the best way to avoid buying a fake. Browse a selection of professionally authenticated Balmain T-shirts on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    To pronounce Balmain, say "ball-MAIN." The first syllable of the name should rhyme with the word "fall." Balmain is the surname of Pierre Alexandre Claudius Balmain who founded the brand in 1945. On 1stDibs, find a variety of Balmain apparel and accessories.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Balmain is a French name, pronounced “bal-MAH-n.” Pierre Balmain, who founded the luxury fashion house in 1945, is frequently referred to as the king of French fashion. His work is characterized by strong, maximalist glamour and his ready-to-wear lines earned him a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1955. Shop a collection of Balmain from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    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.
    1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    How you style a Balmain jacket is a matter of preference. This is a versatile garment, and Balmain offers many styles of jackets and blazers. For a casual look, pair a Balmain jacket or blazer with distressed denim jeans, a graphic tee and white sneakers. For an evening out on the town, your black Balmain blazer will dazzle with a simple black skirt. Whether looking for a stylish cropped fit or the perfect oversized layer, browse a wide range of authentic Balmain garments from some of the world’s top retailers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Balmain is owned by the investment firm Mayhoola for Investments, which is based in Qatar. It is currently headed by creative director Olivier Rousteing, a Black designer. Shop for expertly authenticated Balmain products from top boutiques around the world on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Balmain is haute couture fashion. The term describes one-of-a-kind luxury fashions constructed by hand for a single client, and Balmain produces apparel that fits this definition. In addition, Balmain offers a ready-to-wear collection. On 1stDibs, find a selection of Balmain apparel and accessories.
  • 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.

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