BREAKING NEWS: Vêtements’ Demna Gvasalia Is Alexander Wang’s Successor At Balenciaga
Last week, Alexander Wang presented his farewell collection for Balenciaga at Paris Fashion Week.
Ten years ago, the Taiwanese–American fashion designer (Alexander Wang) launched his eponymous collection at the age of 21, after two years at Parsons. Not only did Wang ascended to the top of the fashion world, but he also spent three years as creative director at Balenciga before he announced his departure
Last summer, donbleek.com reported that “Alexander Wang could soon part ways with Balenciaga, controlled by Kering.” We reported that while Wang was still under contract with Balenciaga (see it here). A week later, we officially confirmed that Wang was leaving the house to focus on his eponymous label.
Last week we also reported that the search for Wang‘s successor by Balenciaga‘s parent company, Kering could soon come to an end, reporting that there were three possible successors for Wang‘s coveted position. “Chitose Abe, the Tokyo-based designer of Sacai, Julien Dossena, the promising young artistic director of Paco Rabanne and an alumnus of Balenciaga under Nicolas Ghesquière, and Bouchra Jarrar, a fellow veteran of Mr. Ghesquière’s Balenciaga who designs her own collection of ready-to-wear and haute couture.”
However, none of those people were chosen as the final candidate for the position.
Balenciaga has tapped Demna Gvasalia, the founder of the Paris fashion label Vêtements to succeed Alexander Wang, according to WWD.
“We really wanted somebody that has a vision, and someone capable of reshuffling the cards,” said Balenciaga chief executive officer and president Isabelle Guichot. “I was really amazed by his ability to develop an approach to the brand that was really new and that was really his own…what should be the attitude, what should be the silhouette, what should be the volumes.”
Gvasalia, 34 would stage his first Balenciaga show in March during women’s ready-to-wear week at Paris Fashion Week, and he will also continue his Vetements projects. He starts his work as artistic director of collections this week.
“I am extremely honored and excited to be given the opportunity to bring my creative vision to Balenciaga, a house with such an exceptional history of pushing the boundaries of modernity in fashion,” Gvasalia told WWD. “I am looking forward to further [expand] the DNA of the house and, together with the team, to write a new chapter in its history.”
In the past, Gvasalia worked at Maison Margiela, where he was responsible for women’s collection and Louis Vuitton as senior designer of women’s ready-to-wear collections before launching Vêtements.
Photos Credit: Daniel Jackson, Vogue, October 2015 | Dominique Maître