Cristobal Balenciaga. No name in the history of haute couture is more fraught with significance, for the impact he had on this important industry was profound. When he closed his atelier, the era of high haute couture had truly ended. An artist, a sewer, his clothing was classic, an exemplar for the ages. His artistry is not compared to other fashion designers, but to the likes of Casals, Picasso, and Goya. When Shiaparelli and Vionnet closed their ateliers, they only bought from him.

Cristobal Balenciaga opened his couture house in and became a major success. He was known as an extremely innovative designer who was considered a "master craftsman" whose work was thought of as sculptural and ahead of their time.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs On Life After Louis Vuitton, Female Designers + More Marc Jacobs for CFDA Journal 2013 / Photo by Peter Lindbergh Marc Jacobs’ h.