The great Spanish couturier Cristobal Balenciaga, considered a pivotal influence on 20th century fashion, amassed a vast personal archive which has never gone on public show until now, 40 years after his death.
New location and new curriculum: the statement of intent given by the Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture reflects the school's new ambitions and its wish to remain strong in the international scene.
Flamboyant couturier Jean-Paul Gaultier is leaving Hermes to be replaced by Lacoste's in-house stylist, Britain's Giles Deacon is to join Ungaro -- in times of crisis, fashion looks to safe designers and wearable garb.
"Sonia Rykiel was Japanese before the Japanese, Belgian before the Belgians. She is a pioneer of conceptual fashion, one of the first modernisers," says Olivier Saillard, curator of the first retrospective of the Fren...