On this day May 18 in the year 1914, one of the elite visionary designers after World War II was born in France. His name was Pierre Balmain, the founder of the Balmain fashion house. His clients included the royalties of Hollywood and the Queen of Thailand.
Balmain was 12 years old when his father died. Her mother owned a clothing store. He went to study architecture but left his school to start working at the studio of Edward Molyneux in 1934. Later, he was employed by Lucien Lelong who introduced him to the young designer Christian Dior.
In 1945, Balmain opened his fashion business. His friendship with author Gertrude Stein definitely helped elevate his reputation as a designer in his early years. He toured other countries like Australia and the United States to promote his creations. He also ventured successfully into the perfume business. In 1964, he published his book My Years and Seasons. As a costume designer for several films, he was able to receive nominations and citations.
In 1982, Balmain died of cancer at the age of 68.