Pierre Balmain was one of the outstanding figures of Parisian haute couture. He dressed exceptional women
who left their mark on their era, including queens, princesses, movie stars and well known names in the theatre.
Through his art he helped to spread the idea of luxury à la française right across the world.
As a great lover of art he was continually inspired by the oldest and most Elaborate styles of art in the world
(Arab and Mandarin art in particular) which both featured oversize, stylised and realistic images of flowers and plants.
“The arabesque” motif was the core of what inspired the creative genius that Pierre Balmain was.
Through all his collections he included this motif in the lace, embroidery and trimmings of his exquisite dresses and coats..