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According to Jean Cocteau, "fashion dies young." But Balenciaga is an exception. He became the most creative couturier of his time, with an unequaled body of work that balanced the simple and the measured with an eccentric, abstract boldness. His Spanish roots combined the austere with a beautiful baroque violence. In the history of haute couture, Balenciaga remains the ultimate designer.


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Marie-Andre Jouve is the co-author of Balenciaga, with Jacqueline Demornex, for the Editions du Regard. She has been in charge of the Balenciaga archives since 1980 and has participated in numerous exhibitions - in Tokyo and at the Textile Museum in Lyon in 1980, at the Fashion Institute in New York City in 1986, at the National Gallery of Melbourne in 1992, at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris in 1994, at the Costume Museum of Barcelona, at the Balenciaga Foundation in Getaria.

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Renowned for their highly original graphic content, Assouline books are works of art that capture culture and bring it to life. The spirit and savoir faire of these works have contributed to the creation of a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable. Today, Assouline Publications' special editions and gift items can be found around the globe in select high-end retail locations and Assouline boutiques. Assouline opened its first wholly owned boutique in Paris at the end of 2005. Following its success, Assouline opened a second flagship boutique at The Plaza Hotel in New York City in the Fall of 2008.