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Demna Gvasalia is Balenciaga's new creative director

Alexander Wang's successor has been announced

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Oct 2015

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Photo: Demna Gvasalia

Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia has been appointed creative director of Balenciaga, it was reported just moments ago. An official announcement has yet to be made at this time.

The Georgian designer was rumoured earlier this week by The Telegraph as one of four contenders for Alexander Wang's post in the European fashion house. His first Balenciaga collection will be in March next year for the Autumn Winter 2016 season. Meanwhile, he will also continue to work with Vetements.

"We really wanted somebody that has a vision, and someone capable of reshuffling the cards," Balenciaga CEO and president Isabelle Guichot told WWD of the appointment. "I was really amazed by his ability to develop an approach to the brand that was really new and that was really his own…what should be the attitude, what should be the silhouette, what should be the volumes."

Alexander's Balenciaga contract was ended recently, with his Spring Summer 2016 runway show being his last as creative director, a position he held for less than three years. Previously, Nicolas Ghesquière, now creative director of Louis Vuitton, was Balenciaga's creative director for 15 years.

"I am extremely honored and excited to be given the opportunity to bring my creative vision to Balenciaga, a house with such an exceptional history of pushing the boundaries of modernity in fashion," Demna said. "I am looking forward to further [expand] the DNA of the house and, together with the team, to write a new chapter in its history."

Related: Confirmed: Alexander Wang is leaving Balenciaga
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