Pierre Balmain in his workshop in 10 vintage shots

Pierre Balmain in his workshop in 10 vintage shots

A look back at 10 intimate moments in the heart of the Parisian workshops of fashion designer Pierre Balmain. 

Born on May 18, 1914 in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, Pierre Balmain founded his eponymous fashion house in 1945.

Dresses and suits made up his first collection and drew the outlines of an elegant and resolutely feminine

fashion, which seduced Juliette Greco in particular. 

Balmain and the Jolie Madame aesthetic

In 1949, Pierre Balmain signed the perfume Jolie Madame, a name that would also be given to the Balmain style

in the 50s, having made structured silhouettes and casual allure its signature. Marlene Dietrich, Katharine

Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren, among others, made Pierre Balmain’s creations their own on screen

and at events. As he passed away 37 years ago, we zoom in on 10 shots of the couturier in his workshops and

with his favorite models. 

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Pierre Balmain making a dress in front of three models in the 60s Nike Air Max 97 Se ‘tartan’ Black/university Red Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

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Pierre Balmain and a model wearing his Midnight Bathing Suit with a skirt. Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit MID College Navy Getty Images

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Pierre Balmain at fittings in his Paris atelier in 1951

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Pierre Balmain and his models in London in 1949

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Pierre Balmain in June 1971

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Pierre Balmain in his studio in Paris in the 1940s

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Pierre Balmain unveils some of his spring-summer silhouettes to actress Martine Carol

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