The famed house of Balenciaga is way more than just the brains behind the ultra-trendy motorcycle bags that almost all celebs such as Christina Aguilera have carried. Balenciaga Paris, $55, by Pamela Golbin, attempts to delve further into the history of the label through photos (200 of 280 are in color!), press cuttings, sketches and other archival material.
The book covers two main periods: 1937-1968, when Cristobal Balenciaga first made his name in the fashion game, and 1996-2006, when Nicolas Ghesquiere dramatically revived the House of Balenciaga with his edgy, contemporary designs. You may recall I went gaga over the Fall RTW collection - it was so unique and fabworthy.
Every aspiring fashionista should read this book and learn about the men behind one of the most influential labels today.