Designer Dictionary: Cristobal Balenciaga 

‘The King of Fashion’, Cristobal Balenciaga has left behind a legacy that is virtually impossible to compete with. Even Christian Dior said that he was “the master of us (designers) all.” Coco Chanel stated the fashion designer was, “the only couturier in the truest sense of the word.” 

Cristobal Balenciaga was known for his innovative and beautiful couture, which gave him the opportunity to design for Spanish and Belgian royalty. 

After opening his Paris Couture house in 1937, Balenciaga’s fame continued to rise as his innovation was evident. He transformed the silhouette to that of broad shoulders and took away the emphasis of the waist. 

He retired in 1968 after 30 years of working in Paris. Cristobal Balenciaga sadly passed away 23rd March 1972. Women’s Wear Daily headlined ‘The King is dead’, which truly concludes the impact this icon left on the fashion industry. 

Name: Cristobal Balentziaga Eizagirre

Date of Birth: 21st January 1895

Star Sign: Aquarius 

Country of Birth: Spain

Date of Death: 23rd March 1972

Label: Balenciaga 

Famous Work: Creating and designing for Balenciaga, innovating fashion, Haute Couture, teaching other now iconic fashion designers

Did You Know?: Cristobal Balenciaga taught the tricks of the trade to Oscar De La Renta, Hubert de Givenchy and Emanuel Ungaro

His mother was a seamstress and therefore encouraged him to learn tailoring

He began his career as an apprentice tailor at the age of 12


A woman has no need to be perfect or even beautiful to wear my dresses. The dress will do that for her. 

Elegance is elimination

A couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for colour, a musician for harmony and a philosopher for temperance 

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Designer Dictionary: Christopher Bailey

Currently the Chief Creative and CEO of Burberry with 2017 seeing him as President, Christopher Bailey is credited with the innovation of the British brand, as well as turning it into a digital leader in luxury fashion. Spanning over 15 years with the brand, Bailey has updated the aesthetic whilst respecting it’s traditions. In 2008, he and Angela Ahrendts (former CEO) created the Burberry Foundation which assists young people discover their potential through harnessing their creativity. 

Before his career at Burberry, Bailey was Senior Designer of Womenswear at Gucci. Before that, he worked at Donna Karan after graduating with a Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art.

Name: Christopher Bailey

Date of Birth: 11th May 1971

Star Sign: Taurus

Country of Birth: England, United Kingdom

Label: Burberry

Famous work: Credited for the innovation and profit increase of Burberry

Did you know?: Christopher Bailey took a 75% pay cut from £7.5 million to £1.9 million due to fall in profit. 

The Burberry CEO was born in Yorkshire. 

He completed his BA at Westminster University

Awards: Honorary Fellowship from the Royal College of Arts (2004), Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (2005, 2009), Honorary Doctorate from the University of Westminster (2006), Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Huddersfield (2007), Menswear Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards (2007, 2008,2013), Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in HM Queen Elizabeth II Birthday 2009 Honours List for Services to the Fashion Industry (2009), Honorary Patron of the University of Philosophical Society, Trinity College (2009), International Award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (2010), Honorary Doctorate from Sheffield Hallam University (2011), Honorary Doctorate from Royal College of Art (2013)


It’s really important to be disruptive and do things that are kind of a little scary and bold. 

We meet so many people, and it’s interesting when you meet someone who you really connect with. They have their own energy, their own personality, and that’s something so different than just beauty. So that really drives the decision for who to work with on a campaign. 

So fashion was, in a way, an accident. But this world opens you up to a lot of different avenues that interested me. I loved the idea of working in different countries. And I loved the idea of construction and working with imagery. But, yes, I fell into fashion a bit by mistake. 

Burberry Christmas Campaign 2015 featuring Rosie Huntington-Whitely and James Bay • Source: 📸

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Designer Dictionary: Giorgio Armani

Acclaimed in 2001 as Italy’s most successful designer, with an annual turnover of $1.6 billion (£1.2 billion), Giorgio Armani is known for his laid-back style of Southern European tailoring. His designs are graced by Hollywood’s finest red carpet-goers such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Cate Blanchett. 

Since starting the global brand in 1973, Giorgio Armani has expanded the business and now has owns serveral labels such as Giorgio Armani UnderwearArmani Jeans and Emporio Armani. Although reaching fame by his menswear after creating the costumes for American Gigolo, starring Richard Gere, his women’s ready-to-wear collections features feminine, delicate and casual tailoring. Giorgio Armani was also the first in the world to broadcast a Haute Couture show live via in Internet in 2007, showcasing the Armani Privé S/S07 Haute Couture Collection via MSN. 

The innovative Mr. Armani has had a long, successful and legendary career in fashion design. Learn more about the man behind the label below…

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Name: Giorgio Armani

Date of Birth: 11th July 1934

Star Sign: Cancer

Country of Birth: Italy

Education: University of Piacenza, Department of Medicine (dropped out after 3 years)

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Label(s): Giorgio Armani S.p.A., G.A. Le Collezioni, Giorgio Armani Underwear and Swimwear, Giorgio Armani Accessories, Armani Junior, Armani Jeans, Emporio Armani, Armani Exchange, Armani Privé, Armani Casa, Armani Dolci, Armani Caffé, Armani Fiori, Armani Hotels, Armani Restorante

Famous Work: men’s tailoring, womenswear and haute couture

Famous Associates: Sergio Galeotti, Richard Gere, Don Johnson, Jodie Foster, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lady Gaga

Did You Know? At a young age, Armani made dolls out of mud with a coffee bean hidden inside after developing an interest in human anatomy. He studied medicine at the Univeristy of Piaccenza for a couple of years, before completing military service. He then went onto start his fashion career at a department store in Milan as a window-dresser and general assistant before becoming a salesman there. 

In 1996, Armani received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to bribing Italian tax officials.

Armani also designs for many sports teams. He has created EA7 uniforms for the Italian Olympic team for London 2012 as well as Rio De Janeiro 2016. He is also credited for creating suits for London’s Chelsea Football Club players. The football team’s stadium, Stamford Bridge, commissioned Armani to be the creative vision behind the Director’s Suite, named the ‘Armani Lounge’. 

Awards: CFDA International Award (1987), Inducted to the Walk of Style, Beverly Hills (2003), Promoted Officer of the Legion of Honour (2008)


‘the difference between style and fashion is quality’

‘Actually I am very glad people can buy Armani – even if it’s fake. I like the fact that I am so popular around the world. 

‘You can think you’ve made it and yet the next day’s press will always be waiting for you, the public will always ask more of you. In short, you can always do better!’

‘Elegance is not standing out, but being remembered.’ 

‘I’ve always thought of the T-shirt as the Alpha and Omega of the fashion alphabet.’

Matt Bomer wearing Giorgio Armani • Source: 📸

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Cristiano Ronaldo for Emporio Armani Underwear • Source: 📸

Sean O’Pry by Mert & Marcus for Armani FW09 • Source: 📸

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Hilarious Fashion Brand Defintions

Monday evening blog-post research for Molicia, often means losing myself through Tumblr, infinitely scrolling and thinking, ‘what was I supposed to be doing again?’. Today, however, my content-digging, okay… procrastination, lead me to Internet gold. Like one of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs discovering the jewels in the mine, I came across a hidden gem. 

‘How I see fashion brands’ by is Tumblr treasure. If this doesn’t cure any high-fashion fan’s Monday blues, I don’t know what will…

Valentino: so we want to channel royalty with some gilded details –

Dolce and Gabbana: [covered in gold foil] DID SOMEONE SAY GILDED

Elie Saab: [embroidering at super human speed] MORE SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS AND DETAILED-ASS PATTERNS



Ralph & Russo: Oh my god stop

Giambastatuatsa Valala (Giambattista Valli): [deadpan] more tulle

Marchesa: More feminine

Gucci: More ruffles

Versace: Shut the fuck up Gucci no one likes ruffles they like sharp lines 

Armani Privé: [mouthing] yaaaasss

Dior: Patterns are in

Chanel: [smoking a cigarette, thick French accent] this is correct. Onto the dress we put one thousand very small Karl Lagerfeld faces, it is good, it is chic

Alexander McQueen: [sewing quietly, giving side-eye]

Jean Paul Gaultier: [snaps fingers] A HUMAN LAMP


Alexander Wang: [softly] a human

Stella Mcartney: stfu my dad is a Beatle all y’all bow down

Please note: These are not my true views, it’s just a humour post!

Designer Dictionary: Azzedine Alaïa

Azzedine Alaïa, a.k.a. ‘The King of Cling’. As the title suggests, the Tunisian fashion designer is highly acclaimed for the skintight dress, a look that is trending today and one that reflects my personal style. The Chevalier of the Légion d’honneur 2008, is also known for his exclusive couture and shoe designs. Alaïa boasts famous clients such as Michelle Obama and Madonna and has a ‘father-daughter’ type of relationship with super model Naomi Campbell (of which he is credited for recognising her star-quality when they first met when she was 16). This discreet yet legendary man, forebodes a strong start to the Designer Dictionary, a weekly feature that will be posted on the blog.


Name: Azzedine Alaïa 

Nickname: ‘King of Cling’

Date of Birth: 26th February 1940

Country of Birth: Tunisia

Education: École des Beaux-Arts

Occupation: Fashion Designer

Label(s): Alaïa 

Famous Work: bodycon dresses, high heels and couture

Did You Know? Alaïa lied about his age in order to secure a placement at the École des Beaux-Arts, Tunis.

In 1980, Andrée Putman (an interior designer), was stopped by a Bergdorf Goodman buyer and asked about who she was wearing. It happened to be one of the first Alaïa leather coats and this encounter led to the first sales of the label in Beverly Hills and New York. 

Alaïa’s inspirations were his glamorous sister and the designer Madeline Vionnet

Famous Associates: Grace Jones, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Marie-Hélèn de Rothschild, Naomi Campbell

Awards: Best Designer of The Year (1984), Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (2008)

Quotes: ‘I don’t like his fashion, his spirit, his attitude. It’s too much caricature. Karl Lagerfeld never touched a pair of scissors in his life.’

‘She runs the business very well, but not the fashion part. When I see how she is dressed, I don’t believe in her tastes one second… Anyway, who will remember Anna Wintour in the history of fashion? No one.’

‘I am never sure that anything’s good enough. Something that is good today will not be good tomorrow.’

‘Fashion will last forever. It will exist always. It will exist in its own way in each era.’

‘I make clothes; women make fashion.’

Alicia Silverstone in Clueless (1995) • Source: 📸

Naomi Campbell @ Azzedine Alaïa FW91 • Source: 📸

Beverly Peele @ Azzedine Alaïa SS91 • Source: 📸