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Photo by Richard Avedon, 1955, Cristobal Balenciaga, Dovima in cloche, Café des Deux Magots, Paris.

Love the skirt waist detail. That's a lot of collar... distinguishedcompany: theimpossiblecool: Lee Miller, 1931.

When Cristóbal Balenciaga closed his house in the headlines read: “Nothing Left to Achieve.” So what was it that made Balenciaga so remarkable? Was it his reputation for uncompromised standards or how seriously he took every little piece of his design?